An Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel allegedly opened fire at his colleagues in Chhattisgarh’s Narayanpur district of Bastar division on Wednesday morning, killing five jawans and injuring two others, a senior police official stated.
The soldier who opened fire was also killed, but it was not clear if he committed suicide or was shot down by fellow soldiers, he added.
The incident happened around 8:30 am in a camp of ITBP’s 45th battalion in Kadenar village, Inspector General of Police 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.
Superintendent of Police Narayanpur, Mohit Garg: 6 dead and two injured in a clash amongst Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel in Narayanpur, Chhattisgarh. pic.twitter.com/bodzeiNpmK— ANI (@ANI) December 4, 2019
One of the injured jawan later died because of his injuries, while Rahman was also put to death in the incident, he 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 personnels were airlifted and taken to a hospital in Raipur, he added.
Those killed were recognized 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 were from ITBP's 45th battalion, he added.