Six jawans of the Indo-Tibetan Border Force (ITBP) died in a violent clash between them at the Kadenar camp at Narayanpur in the Bastar division of Chhattisgarh at 9 AM on Wednesday. The soldiers attacked one another with AK 47s. Many soldiers were injured in this clash.
IG P Sundararaj of the ITBP confirmed the news. Chhattisgarh Home Minister Tamradhwaj Sahu said that detailed information about the incident has been sought.
Sundararaj said that the STF and local police teams reached the spot after the incident. A helicopter was despatched for the injured soldiers. The injured and the seriously injured have been sent to the local hospital.
“An ITBP constable, identified as Masudul Rahman, opened fire from his service weapon following some unknown dispute among them,” Sundararaj said.
Sources say a dispute between the soldiers had been lingering for the past three days. Rahman, who started firing, has died in this incident, too. Unofficially, some jawans said he committed suicide by shooting himself, but the IG did not confirm it. “It is not yet clear whether Rahman killed himself or died in retaliatory fire by his colleagues. Weapons of the killed jawans will be checked to ascertain whether they had retaliated or not,” Sundararaj said.
The dead jawans were head constables Mahendra Singh and Daljit Singh, constables Surjit Sarkar, Biswaroop Mahto and Bijeesh. Constables SB Ullas and Sitaram Doon were injured in the incident. They were airlifted to Raipur where they are undergoing treatment at a private hospital.
The Kadenar camp of the ITBP’s 45th battalion is located around 350 km from Raipur.
On receiving information about the incident, top officials of the ITBP left for the spot. A police team from Narayanpur visited the scene of the crime.
Minister Sahu has said no off day will be announced for ITBP jawans for the horrific incident, adding that the personnel of the said force have fixed leaves.