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ITBP jawan shoots dead 5 colleagues in Chhattisgarh, kills self

Press Trust of India  |  Raipur 

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 in a suspected case of fratricide, police said.

The incident took place around 8.30 am in a camp of the ITBP's 45th battalion in Kadenar village, around 350 km from Raipur, Inspector General of Police (Bastar range) Sundarraj P told PTI.

"An ITBP constable, identified as Masudul Rahman, opened fire from his service weapon, killing four troopers at the spot and injuring three other jawans, after some unknown dispute among them," he said.

Rahman killed his colleagues and then shot himself dead. He was not shot by other troops, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) spokesperson Vivek Kumar Pandey said in New Delhi.

One of the injured personnel succumbed to his injuries later, the Bastar range inspector general of police said.

"It was not yet clear whether Rahman killed himself or died in retaliation by his colleagues. Weapons of the killed jawans will be checked to ascertain whether they had retaliated or not," the IG said, adding that further details of the incident were awaited.

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, he said.

Besides, 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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First Published: Wed, December 04 2019. 15:10 IST