The Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) personnel, who gunned down his senior at IRB-3 battalion headquarters on Sunday late evening in Piparwar of Chatra district about 100 kilometres from the state capital, was arrested on Monday.
Hazaribagh zone deputy inspector general of police (DIG) PR Das confirmed the arrest of the jawan.
“The IRB jawan was overpowered by his colleagues and handed him over to the local police,” said Das.
The arrested IRB constable has been identified as Jaiprakash Yadav, a resident of Chapra in Bihar. Police have recovered the INSAS rifle used in the killing and 85 rounds of bullet from his possession.
According to an IRB official, Yadav was on guard duty on Sunday night. After night attendance when all the jawans moved to their camps, Yadav entered the sub-inspector’s cabin and pumped in 11 rounds of bullet into his body.
“We have found 11 bullet shells from the incident site. Post-mortem report will confirm the number of bullets pumped into the officer,” said Piparwar police station officer in-charge Anjani Kumar.
Kumar added that four rounds of bullets are still missing. “Yadav was sanctioned 100 rounds of bullet, he had fired 11 rounds,” said Kumar.
“The arrested jawan told us that he targeted the sub-inspector as his medical leave was not being sanctioned,” added Piparwar officer in-charge.
The officer added that Yadav was hiding in the camp. Earlier it was believed that Yadav had escaped with the lethal weapon after shooting sub-inspector Sunil Soren (50).
A joint search operation was soon launched by IRB and the local police to overpower the accused. Later, the police learnt that no one had seen Yadav moving out of the camp after the incident.
This is the second incident in last 50 days when an IRB jawan had opened fire at his colleagues. Earlier on April 4 a jawan of IRB-3 shot his colleague from a close range after a heated discussion.