A day after a CRPF jawan was killed and three others were injured when a hand grenade had exploded during their training session in the firing range near village Mandalai in Panchkula, the authorities on Saturday suspended the training session.
The commandant, CRPF, Regional Training Centre – 5, Dharampur (Himachal Pradesh) Rakesh Chauhan who visited the explosion site at the firing range on Saturday told HT that it was found out there was some fault in the grenades. “The grenade exploded within moments its fuse was taken off instead of about four seconds,” he said.
”We have informed the wing responsible for manufacturing and supplying the ammunitions and initiated departmental action in the context,” Chauhan said and added that the training in grenade had been suspended for the time being.
About 270 newly recruited jawans had been undergoing training at the said site since past several days. While the deceased was identified as head constable Sita Ram, a resident of Rampur (Uttar Pradesh), the condition of the injured, head constable Madal Lal and trainees Mahi Pal and Ravi Kumar, was said to be stable and were likely to be discharged from PGI, Chandigarh.
This was not the first incident in the para-military forces. A similar mishap had happened in May 2, 2008 as a hand grenade exploded and killed a head constable of Indo-Tibetan Border Police and hurt nine others. On March 13, 2008 three jawan from 111 Battalion of CRPF were killed and 11 others seriously hurt during a similar practice session at the same firing range.