Fearing action over charges of indiscipline, a Border Security Force (BSF) constable allegedly shot dead an assistant commandant on Monday night at the border outpost (BOP) of Rattoke in the Khemkaran sector, where both were on duty.
The deceased has been identified as assistant commandant Jagdish Chandra Pandey (40), who hailed from Uttarakhand. The accused, constable Anil Kumar, also 40, belongs to Rajasthan.
Stating that the incident occurred around 11.30 pm on Monday, BSF officials said the accused fired five bullets at Pandey from an INSAS rifle. The latter sustained injuries in the head, near the heart, arm and shoulder, that resulted in his death. A case has been registered against Anil Kumar under sections 302 and 307 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and sections 25, 27, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act at Khemkaran police station in Tarn Taran district.
Initially, it was being alleged that the accused was upset with the officer over the latter's unwillingness to sanction him leave, but DIG (border range) RPS Jaswal later said Anil Kumar had indulged in indiscipline, of which Pandey had taken a serious view and reported the matter to higher BSF officials. "Anil Kumar apparently harboured resentment against Pandey on account of this and shot him dead with his rifle," Jaswal said.
The DIG added that Anil Kumar had joined the BSF in 1995, while Pandey was drafted in 2004. "The matter has been brought to the notice of the police, who have registered a case against the accused. The body of the deceased has been sent for a postmortem," he said.