IN a case of fratricide, a constable attached with the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) killed two of his colleagues before shooting himself and his pregnant wife, police said Wednesday. The constable and his wife are in hospital and their condition is stated to be critical.
According to the police, the incident took place between 9.30 pm and 9.45 pm Tuesday inside the armoury department of the Dabhol power station where accused Harish Kumar Gound (36) has been posted.
CISF is entrusted with the responsibility of providing security to the plant owned by Ratnagiri Gas & Power Pvt Ltd.
Gound had returned to the armoury department to deposit his rifle when he got into a verbal altercation with Assistant Sub-Inspector Balu Ganpati Shinde (58).
After a heated exchange, Gound shot Shinde in the chest and also fired two rounds in the air. While making his way to the staff quarters, he saw constable Raneesh P (28) approaching him.
Apparently expecting that Raneesh would apprehend him, Gound shot him dead too.
Upon returning to his quarters, said the police, he narrated the sequence of events to his wife.
This led to a verbal duel between the couple, following which Gound allegedly shot at his wife and later himself.
An injured Gound then threw the rifle out of his barrack window. Hearing the commotion, Gound’s colleagues reached his room and rushed the couple to Life Care Hospital in Chiplun, Ratnagiri.
It is not clear what triggered Kumar to shoot his colleagues.
“The two are critical but stable. We are investigating the matter. We have registered a case of murder and attempt to murder against Kumar. He has also been charged under relevant sections of the Arms Act. The motive behind Kumar going on a shooting frenzy is not clear,” said Prashant Burde, Inspector General (Konkan Range).
A case has been filed under sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code and under Arms Act 27 (3), Tushar Patil, additional superintendent of police, Ratnagiri, said.
Talking about the motive of the shooting, Patil said, “Prima facie investigations suggest that harassment at work must have prompted Gound to take the extreme step.”
Meanwhile, CISF has ordered an internal inquiry into the fratricide.
A CISF officer of the additional superintendent rank will probe the incident.