'Drunk' CRPF jawan kills two, including the commanding officer in Jharkhand

RANCHI: A drunk jawan allegedly shot and killed two CRPF staff members, including an officer, and injured another at his camp in a survey, officials said Tuesday, in the second fratricide incident in less than a week.

The incident took place at the 'charlie' company of Bokaro Battalion 226 on Monday around 9:30 p.m., they said.

The CRPF unit was deployed for surveys in Jharkhand, where the two-phase voting was completed and three others will be conducted.

A senior CRPF officer said the reason for the shooting was still unknown. But other officials claimed that Deepender Yadav was drunk when the shooting began.

They identified those killed as assistant commander Shahul Harshan B, 28, and assistant assistant inspector Purnanand Bhuyan, 47. Agent Yadav is between the two injured.

The injured were taken to the state capital, Ranchi.

Senior officials of the CRPF and the state police arrived at the camp and an Investigation Court (CoI) was ordered.

On December 4, an ITBP soldier allegedly opened fire on his colleagues in the Narayanpur district of Chhattisgarh and killed five people and wounded two. Then he killed himself.

A preliminary investigation found that the soldier had a dispute with the five he killed, sources said. A CoI is being carried out.

The sources added that the ITBP soldier had told his unit commander in July that he would take advantage of his license to go home in December.

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