Five personnel of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) were killed in an exchange of fire among themselves, while another succumbed to his injuries in the hospital in the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh on Wednesday, police said.
‘The incident took place at the Kedarnar camp of ITBP’s 45th battalion in Naryanpur,’ Inspector General of Police (Bastar range) Sundarraj P told HT.
The IG said that an ITBP jawan allegedly fired at his colleagues with his service weapon, killing four of them and injuring three others.
‘The accused jawan was gunned down by the other jawans’, said the IG.
The injured personnel were being shifted to hospital, according to news agency PTI.
Narayanpur Superintendent of Police Mohit Garg rushed to the spot.
In Delhi, an ITBP spokesperson confirmed that the constable shot himself after firing at seven personnel.
Of the five security personnel that were killed, two were head constables.
Those killed were identified by ITBP as head constable M Singh, constable Sujit Sarkar, head constable Duljit, constable Biswarup Mahato and constable Brijesh AC
Narayanpur, a left-wing extremism affected district in Chhattisgarh, is crucial for anti-Maoist operations because it provides direct access to the densely forested Abujhmad.
Straddled between Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh, Abujhmad, or the ‘unknown hill’ has been the epicentre of Maoist activities for decades. About a dozen Central Committee members of CPI (Maoist) are said to be still camping there. The forest, stretching across 6,000 sq km, has not been surveyed since Independence because of the terrain, and over the last few decades, Maoist guerrillas. The state had tried to conduct a survey in 2017 but had to abort the plan after attacks by Maoists.
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