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Thursday, Dec 12, 2019

Drunk Meghalaya Police constable shoots senior, runs away with service rifle

West Jaintia Hills superintendent of police R Muthu said the assailant was in an inebriated state when the incident took place.

india Updated: Jul 30, 2017 18:40 IST
Rahul Karmakar
Rahul Karmakar
Hindustan Times, Guwahati
A Meghalaya Police constable Lusen Sangma allegedly fired six times at havildar Litsingh Inghi before escaping with his self-loading rifle.
A Meghalaya Police constable Lusen Sangma allegedly fired six times at havildar Litsingh Inghi before escaping with his self-loading rifle.(HT File Photo/ Representative image)
         

A 28-year-old drunken policeman allegedly shot his senior in Meghalaya’s West Jaintia Hills district early Sunday morning and went underground along with his service rifle.

Constable Lusen Sangma allegedly fired six times at havildar Litsingh Inghi, 50, from point blank range before escaping with his self-loading rifle.

The incident happened in Meghalaya Police’s 3rd battalion at Sahbsein, about 15 km from district headquarters Jowai.

West Jaintia Hills superintendent of police R Muthu said the assailant was in an inebriated state when the incident took place.

“Inghi was in his room on the top floor of a building along with two of his subordinates when constable Sangma entered and fired six rounds, causing fatal injuries to Inghi. He fired another 15 rounds while fleeing with the weapon,” Muthu told HT.

The havildar succumbed to his injuries on the way to the hospital. The two other policemen who were with Inghi escaped unhurt.

Muthu said the motive behind the killing was yet to be ascertained, however, it was likely that Sangma might have turned violent under the influence of alcohol.

There have been deserters in Meghalaya police in the past, though not all the cases were related to alcoholism. One of the deserters was Champion Sangma, a deputy superintendent of police, who formed the Garo National Liberation Front in 2009. He was later arrested.