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ITBP jawan kills five colleagues, shoots self in Chhattisgarh

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An ITBP soldier allegedly opened fire at his colleagues in Chhattisgarh’s Narayanpur district on Wednesday, killing five personnel and injuring two, before killing himself, the police said.

The incident took place in a camp of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police’s 45th battalion in Kadenar village, around 350 km from Raipur, Inspector General of Police (Bastar range) Sundarraj P. said. “ITBP constable Masudul Rahman fired at the troopers following some unknown dispute among them,” he said.

“Rahman opened fire from his service weapon killing four troopers on the spot and injuring three other jawans,” the officer said. One of the injured personnel died later, the officer said.

ITBP spokesperson Vivek Kumar Pandey said in New Delhi that Rahman killed his colleagues and then shot himself dead, adding that he was not shot by the others.

Earlier, the Bastar range IG had said: “It is not yet clear whether Rahman killed himself or died in retaliation by his colleagues. Weapons of the slain jawans will be checked to ascertain whether they retaliated.”

The two injured soldiers were airlifted and admitted to a private hospital in Raipur for treatment, he added.

Those killed are head constables Mahendra Singh and Daljit Singh, and constables Surjit Sarkar, Biswaroop Mahto and Bijeesh.

Constables S.B. Ullas and Sitaram Doon were injured in the incident.. They all belonged the ITBP’s 45th battalion, he added.

“Rahman opened fire from his service weapon killing four troopers on the spot and injuring three other jawans,” the Bastar range IG said. One of the injured personnel died later, the officer said.

ITBP spokesperson Vivek Kumar Pandey said in New Delhi that Rahman killed his colleagues and then shot himself dead, adding that the constable was not shot by other troops.

Earlier, the Bastar range IG had said: “It was not yet clear whether Rahman killed himself or died in retaliation by his colleagues. Weapons of the slain jawans will be checked to ascertain whether they had retaliated or not.” 

The two injured soldiers were airlifted and admitted to a private hospital in Raipur for treatment, he added.

Those killed have been identified as head constables Mahendra Singh and Daljit Singh, and constables Surjit Sarkar, Biswaroop Mahto and Bijeesh, apart from Rahman, the officer said. Constables S.B. Ullas and Sitaram Doon were injured in the incident. They all belonged the ITBP’s 45th battalion, he added.

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