ITBP jawan shoots 5 dead colleagues, then commits suicide in Bastar
RAIPUR: An ITBP jawan shot seven of his colleagues, killing five of them, before allegedly attacking the AK47 against himself in a camp in the Nahatanpur district, struck by the insurgency, in Bastar de Chhattisgarh on Wednesday by the morning.
The jawan, identified by police as agent Masudul Rahman, was packing his bags in the barracks for a month's leave when he grabbed a colleague's AK47 and started firing. The authorities have yet to say what caused it.
According to the records and his colleagues, Rahman, a single man, was a duty-focused professional. “The ITBP 45 Battalion camp is deep in a forest region. Initial reports say Rahman had not said goodbye last year (paramilitary personnel have two months of leave per year).
He was told to take a break since he had been on duty for a year. He complied with the order and was packing his luggage, along with four other colleagues, when the incident happened at 9 am, ”Bastar IG P Sundarraj told TOI. “He is investigating whether he committed suicide or if other Jawans shot him in self-defense. Forensic and ballistic exams are underway, the IG added.
Rahman, from Nadia, had handed over his weapon when he was going on vacation, but suddenly he picked up that of a colleague and started shooting. Bastar IG Sundarraj said there were no shootings among the Jawans.
It all ended in three or four minutes, he said. Those killed were identified as the main agents Mahendra Singh and Daljit Singh, and the agents Surjit Sarkar, Biswaroop Mahtoo and Bijeesh. Agents S B Ullas and Sitaram Doon were injured. Prime Minister Bhupesh Baghel expressed his condolences to the bereaved families and said: We must know if the Jawans are depressed or have any other problems. The Interior Minister denied that the license was not a factor behind the incident. On video: