Raipur | Jagran Newsk: At least four jawans of the Central Reserve Police Force's (CRPF) lost their lives while three others were injured after one of their colleagues opened fire at them with his AK-47 assault rifle at a camp of the paramilitary force in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district, said officials on Monday. According to officials, the incident took place at 3.15 am on Monday at CRPF's 50th battalion camp in the Linganpalli village which is nearly 400 km away from the state capital of Raipur. 

Those killed in the incident have been identified as constables Rajmani Kumar Yadav, Rajib Mondal, Dhanji and Dharmendra Kumar, said officials while adding that three others who were injured - constables Dhananjay KR Singh, Dharmendra KR, Dharmatma Kumar and Ranjan Maharana - were airlifted to the Area Hospital Bhadrachalem in neighbouring Telangana for treatment.

According to preliminary information, the CRPF jawan, identified as constable Reetesh Ranjan, opened fire at his colleagues, killing four of them. Officials said that Ranjan has been held by the CRPF personnel, adding that a probe has been ordered. "The motive behind the firing is yet to be ascertained and an investigation is on into the incident," news agency PTI quoted a senior CRPF official as saying.

In a similar incident on January 29 this year, a CRPF jawan was killed and another one injured after their colleague opened fire at them in their camp in the state's Bastar district. The offender had then tried to commit suicide by shooting himself, they said. On May 29 last year, two Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) jawans were killed and another one injured after an assistant platoon commander of their unit opened fire at them at a camp in Narayanpur district.

On December 4, 2019, six Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) jawans were killed at the camp of 45th battalion of the paramilitary force in Narayanpur district in a similar incident. In the wake of such incidents of fratricide and suicide, the Chhattisgarh Police in June last year launched a special campaign, titled 'Spandan', for security staff to overcome mental stress and depression.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma