In the second incident of fratricide in the Border Security Force (BSF) in as many days, a trooper shot dead a colleague before taking his own life in West Bengal's Murshidabad district on Monday.
"A shooting incident took place between two BSF head constables. An investigation is underway. An FIR has been registered," said DIG Surjeet Singh Guleria.
"At around, 6.45 am on March 7, HC Johnson Toppo, 117 Bn BSF shot HC HG Shekharan, 117 Bn BSF and subsequently shot himself with his service rifle at BOP Kakmarichar," the BSF said in a statement.
The two troopers belonged to Chhattisgarh and Tamil Nadu and were at a camp in West Bengal's Kakmari of the 117 Battalion (Bn) on Monday. They were taken to the nearest Sagarpara hospital, where they were declared 'brought dead'.
According to BSF, the two men got into a scuffle after they received a summons from the local police. "Both the personnel were to visit PS Raninagar to depose statement in connection with Raninagar PS Case No 496/21 dated November 29, 2021", said the BSF.
The bodies have been sent for postmortem and a probe by officers have begun. "A court of inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the facts. Atul Fuljele, IPS, Inspector General of South Bengal Frontier Headquarters and Karni Singh Shekhawat, DIG of Behrampur Sector have also reached the spot. A case has been registered with the local police," the BSF said.
The incident comes a day after a BSF personnel shot four of his colleagues at Punjab's BSF Khasa headquarters of the 114 Battalion (Bn) on Sunday. The shooter also died of gunshot wounds.