MP: Adapting to civilian life an uphill task for ex-servicemen

  • Rahul Noronha and Yogendra Pratap Singh, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: May 05, 2015 16:17 IST

Is the failure to adapt to the machinations of civilian life post retirement in contrast to the rather insulated life as an armyman responsible for ex-servicemen in MP picking up the gun to settle scores?

On Sunday, a 72-year-old retired subedar of the Indian Army, Harinarayan Singh, shot dead two people as they were allegedly trying to drive him out of his house.

The incident comes close on the heels of another in Rewa where a retired Colonel shot dead his brother in July in a property dispute.

The story of the legendary dacoit Pan Singh Tomar, whose life was documented by Bollywood in 2012, is strikingly similar to these incidents.

City superintendent of police (CSP) Govindpura, Dr Shiv Dayal, said: “During interrogation, Harinarayan told the police that he felt outwitted by the machinations of those who had taken over his house and took the extreme step of shooting them down.”

According to the police, Harinarayan Singh had loaned Rs 1 lakh to Abhay Narayan Sriwas, who promised him two plots in Rishipuram if he failed to repay the loan.

As Sriwas had failed to repay the loan, Singh built a house in Sriwas’ plots.

He had asked Sriwas to get the plots registered in his name, but Sriwas refused.

Two months ago, Sriwas sold the plots to Aditya Upadhyay.

“Upadhyay got two people under assumed identities as tenants in Singh’s house. Last month, the tenants refused to pay the rent claiming they were owners of the house.

“Singh felt outwitted and on Sunday, shot dead Upadhyay’s brother-in-law Jitendra Bhargava and Nirbhay Singh, a security guard,” said Dayal.

Colonel S Kumar, president of Bhopal Ex-Servicemen’s League, said: “An ex-servicemen returns to his hometown after 20-25 years and expects that the administration will help him adapt to civilian life.

“The local administration is expected to meet the ex-servicemen on a regular basis to sort out these issues but the meetings do not take place.

“The confidence the local administration should instill in ex-servicemen is lacking. If the grievance redressal system is effective, this would have never happened.”

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