Police have started an investigation after a CISF jawan shot and killed 4 of his colleagues in Bihar
A Central Industrial Security Force or CISF personnel opened fire on four colleagues in Bihar, killing two of them instantly, while two others, who were injured, died shortly after the incident. The man, Balveer Singh, has been arrested.
The shooting took place around 12.30 am at a thermal power station in Aurangabad -- around 120 km from state capital Patna -- where the men had been posted.
The police said the constable, who was on duty at the Nabinagar Power Generation Company Ltd, had become upset after he was not granted leave. Following a dispute, he had opened fire at his senior officers from his INSAS service rifle.
Those who got injured were Balveer Singh's colleagues, who had assembled for a shift change. But the others managed to overpower the constable.
"Preliminary information states Balveer opened fire on his other colleagues, using a service rifle, in an alleged fratricide incident. While three were killed in the firing, one another succumbed at a nearby hospital later," news agency Press Trust of India quoted Dr Satyaprakash, a senior police officer as saying.
Balveer Singh, who was from Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh, had come back after a two-month yoga course and there were some issues regarding his leave. The CISF has set up a Court of Inquiry into the incident.
Refusal of leave has been one of the usual reasons for servicemen to turn the gun on their senior officers.
Today's shooting comes amid a huge controversy over a video posted on Facebook by Border Security Force constable Tej Bahadur Yadav, in which he has levelled allegations of bad food and terrible conditions under which men serve.
As the government has order a probe into his allegations and the matter has reached the Prime Minister's Office, another such complaint has come in, where a jawan has complained of being forced to work inhuman hours.
In his video, 40-year-old Mr Yadav had asked the people to share the video so the message reaches the government. The BSF, while ordering an inquiry, has also alleged that the soldier has a "dodgy record" that also features drinking and insubordination.