DIG killed in Naxal den
UNIDENTIFIED KILLERS shot dead Jaswinder Singh, a deputy inspector general of police (DIG), near Rupakana village in Rayagada district of Orissa on Monday. It is the first ever killing of an IPS officer in the state.india Updated: Oct 24, 2006 14:52 IST
UNIDENTIFIED KILLERS shot dead Jaswinder Singh, a deputy inspector general of police (DIG), near Rupakana village in Rayagada district of Orissa on Monday. It is the first ever killing of an IPS officer in the state.
State home secretary T.K. Mishra said the attackers fired twice at Singh. One bullet missed, but the other pierced Singh's temple. Rupakana is known to be a Naxalite stronghold.
Such is the situation in the area that Singh, to avoid detection, was travelling in an unmarked car, with two personal security officers both armed with AK47s. But Singh could not hide his identity when he found local goons forcibly extorting 'donations' from passers-by for a festival. He had twice stepped out of his vehicle at different places to stop them from doing so.
"At Rupakana, the DIG again alighted from his vehicle to stop illegal collection of donations," said Mishra. After dispersing the crowd, Singh was about to get back into his vehicle when he was fired upon.
Senior officials said Singh was most probably gunned down by the Naxalites. Investigators are also considering the possibility that Singh may have been shot in a fit of rage by one of those he had chased away.
Mishra said: "At this stage, we neither have any concrete proof of a Naxal hand nor can it be ruled out completely." Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said: "Only a thorough investigation will reveal the involvement of any group or outfit behind this terrible tragedy." Singh, a 1990 batch IPS officer, is survived by his wife and two sons.