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Monday, February 23, 2015

BSF jawan guns down one colleague, injures three

Malda, 17 February, 2015: Random firing by a BSF jawan at headquarters of 20th battalion BSF in Baishnabnagar police station approximately 35 km from here killed another BSF jawan while three other BSF personnel were seriously injured. The deceased jawan was identified as Mulchand Ram (38). Three other jawans - Prabhakar Bose (40), Jamal Sheikh (34) and Surender Kumar (40) are under treatment in a private nursing home in English Bazaar where condition of Bose was stated to be quite critical.

The company commandant of 20th battalion BSF Shyamsundar Basadda lodged a written complaint against the accused BSF Vasant Singh who reportedly fled after the incident. According to the complaint during the shift in duty on Tuesday early morning Vasant Singh entering headquarter of 20th battalion BSF started firing rampantly from his insas rifle which he collected from armoury. However, the reason behind the firing was not specified in the complaint.

It has been learnt from BSF sources that change in the duty shift was being made quite late at night. Five BSF personnel are posted at the gate of the BSF headquarter in Baishnabnagar. However, the accused jawan Vasant Singh without reporting the duty entered the mess for the jawans around 3.30 am today where four other jawans were getting ready for the duty. Suddenly Vasant opened fire at random. The other jawans and officers of BSF rushed to the spot hearing the sound of firing. They found bodies of four jawans pierced with bullets were lying on the floor.

Immediately they were rushed to a nursing home where Mulchand Ram was declared brought dead. BSF sources informed that deceased Mulchand and accused Vasant developed a rivalry between them over distribution of money collected from cattle smugglers. Vasant joined his duties only four days back after being on leave. However, the BSF officials were tightlipped over the cause of firing by Vasant Singh.

It has been further learnt from BSF dources that Mulchand is a native of Jhunjhun district in Rajasthan. He was shot on his right shoulder and hand. His body was sent for post mortem. The accused Vasant Singh is a native of Mobina district in Madhyapradesh.

The nursing home authorities where the three jawans are under treatment informed that there are bullet injuries on the abdomen, leg, waist and knee of the injured soldiers. Condition of Prabhakar Bose was stated to be critical. One of his kidneys was amputated. A surgeon of the nursing home informed that the injured soldiers suffered from heavy bleeding. There were infused with four to five unit of blood.

DIG of BSF Malda sector Raj Singh Rathore conceded the death of one jawan and serious injuries of three others in firing at Baishnabnagar BSF headquarter. However, Mr Rathore did not comment as to why accused jawan indulged in firing.

SP Prasun Banerjee said that police started a thorough probe after receiving written complaint from the BSF authorities. 

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