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Bihar: CISF jawan kills 4 superiors in deadly fragging incident

Patna: A CISF jawan today shot dead his four senior colleagues with his service rifle in a fit of rage following a heated argument over leave issues in Bihar's naxal-hit Aurangabad district, officials said.

The fragging incident was reported around 12:45 AM at the Nabinagar Power Generation Company Ltd (NPGCL) unit which is guarded by the force.

Constable Balveer Singh, hailing from Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh, fired about two dozen bullets, killing Head Constables Bachha Sharma and Amarnath Mishra on the spot, while Assistant Sub-Inspector G S Ram and Head Constable Arvind Kumar later succumbed to grievous injuries in a nearby hospital.

The incident took place when the victims and some others had assembled for a shift change.

Balveer, who had recently undergone a month-and-half-long de-stressing course in Yoga, was reportedly agitated over an administrative issue regarding his leave after he resumed duty on January 4. A heated argument ensued and the CISF jawan lost his cool, firing his rifle multiple times, Superintendent of Police Satyaprakash said.

He was quickly overpowered by other CISF personnel and handed over to police who arrested him. But before that could be done his targets lay sprawled on the blood splattered floor.

Sources said the trooper was sent for a special yoga session between November 10 and December 24 last year at the CISF's training institute in Deoli in Rajasthan. Following that he had gone on leave to his home before resuming duty on January 4.

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) unit in Nabinagar is deployed at the NPGCL unit as part of its mandate to secure the facility against threats from naxals and other extremist elements.

NPGCL is a Joint Venture of the NTPC and Bihar State Electricity Board.

The CISF said a Court of Inquiry has been ordered into the incident.

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