CRPF man kills 3 colleagues; shoots self

Nishikant Khajuria
UDHAMPUR, Mar 20: In a freak incident, a CRPF man killed his three colleagues inside their camp at Battal Ballian, under the jurisdiction of Udhampur Police Station, late this evening.
After killing his colleagues with his service weapon, the CRPF man also shot himself while cause of provocation could not be immediately ascertained.
According to the police, three CRPF men of 187 Battalion were killed when their colleague opened fire in a fit of anger and shot them inside the unit in Battal Ballian area of Udhampur, around 10 pm.
The incident took place after a CRPF Jawan got into a verbal duel with his other colleagues over some issue inside the camp of 187 Battalion, following which he opened indiscriminate fire using his service rifle.
Three jawans were killed in the firing and later, the accused CRPF man, identified as Constable Ajit Singh of Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh, also shot himself and got seriously injured . He was later shifted to District Hospital Udhampur and his condition was stated to be serious.
The deceased CRPF men were identified as Head Constable Pokarmal of Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan, Head Constable Umed Singh of Rewari in Haryana and Head Constable Yogendra Sharma of Maujpur, Delhi. They reportedly died on the spot after being shot at by Constable Ajit Singh with his service rifle.
Reports said that the incident triggered a panic inside the camp as the sounds of gun shots were initially assumed as a terrorist attack on the force. Other CRPF men on duty rushed to the spot where they found their colleagues in a pool of blood.
The accused Constable Ajit Singh , who had shot at himself after killing three colleagues, was overpowered by other CRPF men, accompanied by their officers. SSP Udhampur Rajiv Pandey along with SHO Udhampur, Inspector Vijay Choudhary and other officers also rushed to the spot on getting information about the incident.
The injured were rushed to District Hospital Udhampur where doctors declared three of them as brought dead. The accused CRPF man Ajit Singh has sustained bullet injury on his chest and his condition was also stated to be serious.
The exact cause of provocation behind the incident of fratricide could not be immediately ascertained as the deceased were fired upon in two different barracks. It appears that altercation took place between the accused CRPF man with his two colleagues and after the former shot at duo, the third victim was killed when he attempted to intervene, sources said.
A case FIR number 111/19, under Section 302 RPC has been registered in this connection at the Police Station Udhampur for further investigation.