Constable shoots colleague dead at Police Training Centre,arrested

Motive behind murder unclear,police say victim and accused were friends,had no altercation.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: May 8, 2012 2:56:36 am

Motive behind murder unclear,police say victim and accused were friends,had no altercation.

Days after a constable’s body was found inside a water tank at the Police Training Centre in Malviya Nagar,another murder was reported from the facility on Monday morning.

Constable Dinesh Kumar Yadav (24) was shot allegedly by his colleague inside barrack number 4 of the training centre,police said.

Investigating officials said Constable Sunil shot Yadav with a self-loading rifle (SLR),which was kept on a bed in the barrack by Constable Kalu Ram. Sunil has been arrested.

Constable Ram,who was on sentry duty,said he had left the SLR on the bed as he had gone to have lunch. He,too,has been suspended and an inquiry has been ordered against him.

He has denied any knowledge of why Sunil shot Yadav.

Police said Yadav was shot in the chest and the sequence of events is yet to be ascertained.

According to police,Sunil and Yadav were friends and had come to the training centre in September. They were both posted with the Commissioner’s Reserve.

Yadav was from Bikaner and Sunil from Jhunjhunu,Rajasthan.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Chhaya Sharma said,“The reason for the murder is not clear. We have registered a case and are conducting the investigation.”

Investigating officials said Sunil refused to reveal the motive behind the murder. “There were around 20 people in the barrack,which is situated on the third floor of the building. We are recording the statement of the eyewitnesses. They claim that they had not seen the two fighting or quarrelling before the murder. There were five cartridges inside the SLR,one of which was used in the crime,” said an officer.

Yadav’s cousin Ritu said the family was initially told that the shooting was an accident,but later they were informed that the reason behind the murder is not clear.

“No one shoots another person just like that. There has not be some reason. If the police is not safe inside a training centre,then how safe is the common man,” she asked.

A post-mortem examination will be conducted on Tuesday,police said.

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