Cop in Ranchi for poll duty fires 15 rounds; kills commander, then himself
Some CAF constables said the jawan had an altercation with his company commander over the issue of leave, But commandant of the 12th battalion of CAF, denied this was the case.Updated: Dec 09, 2019 22:23 IST
A constable of the Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF), who was deployed on election duty in Jharkhand, allegedly shot his company commander dead before committing suicide in Ranchi on Monday morning, officials said.
Both of them died on the spot in the Khelgaon area of the state capital, according to the police. Two other constables also received minor injuries in the shooting, they said.
The deceased were identified as Constable Vikram Rajwade and Melaram Kurray, the company commander of the 4th battalion of CAF, Manaraipur.
The commandant of the 12th battalion of CAF, DR Achala, said the incident took place around 6.30 am when Rajwade shot inspector Kurray with his INSAS rifle before killing himself.
Ranchi superintendent of police (City) Saurabh said Rajwade had fired 15 rounds. “Prima facie, three bullets were seen on the body of Kurray. The exact number of bullets that hit Kurray will be known in the post-mortem report,” he said.
Some CAF constables said Rajwade had an altercation over an issue, probably over leave, with Kurray.
Achala, however, denied leave was an issue with any personnel in the battalion.
“Company commander Kurray had lodged a complaint a few days back against Rajwade for his habit of consuming liquor. I visited the jawans four days ago to make them understand the need to check the habit in view of the ongoing Jharkhand elections,” Achala said.
The CAF team had arrived in Jharkhand on November 20 for the assembly elections. It moved to Chaibasa for the second phase of polls after being deployed in Gumla during the first phase.
“The personnel arrived in Ranchi from Chaibasa on Monday evening and they had to move to Hazaribagh on Tuesday,” Achala said.
Jharkhand assembly elections are being held in five phases, which started on November 30 and will conclude on December 20. The counting of votes will take place on December 23.
Achla said they would identify the personnel with the habit of consuming liquor. “We will discuss with our seniors if they (who have the habit of consuming liquor) could be given a rifle or not,” he said.
On December 4, at least five Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel deployed in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar region to fight Maoists were shot dead by another soldier at the paramilitary force’s camp. Two more jawans were also injured in the incident that took place at the Kedarnar camp of ITBP’s 45th batallion in Narayanpur.