A constable of the Jammu and Kashmir Police gunned down two women with his service rifle before shooting himself dead with the same weapon in Kalakote area of Rajouri district on Monday morning.
Identified as constable Sanjay Singh, sources said that he was posted at Kalakote police station. The deceased include Urmila Kumari wife of SPO Chaman Lal and her sister Nisha Kumari.
Additional SP Nowshera Rakesh Kumar said that the constable had left police station along with his service weapon without informing anyone around midnight. He appears to have gone to the house of SPO at Thermal Colony and gunned down both the women before committing suicide with the same weapon.
While police are yet to ascertain the cause of provocation, tension broke out in the colony with people holding protest over the killings. The situation was defused following intervention by senior police officers.
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