Assam Rifles jawan kills 6 in shooting spree

A rifleman of Assam Rifles posted in Manipur allegedly opened indiscriminate fire at his colleagues,killing a JCO and 5 jawans.

Written by Agencies | Imphal | Published: January 22, 2009 10:07:30 am

A rifleman of the Assam Rifles allegedly opened indiscriminate fire killing a JCO and five other jawans in Manipur’s Ukhrul district,leading to a massive manhunt to apprehend the accused.

The incident happened in the remote Awang Kasom Khullen area of the district around 5 pm yesterday when Rifleman T S Tangkhul of the 17th Assam Rifles,posted under Chingai police station,opened fire at his colleagues,killing the JCO and five other jawans,following a quarrel Tangkhul had with another rifleman over duty,police said on Thursday.

A manhunt has been launched to nab the accused,who hails from Nagaland. Tangkhul allegedly fled with his service rifle,they said.

The bodies of the six victims are being kept at the Chingai police station and arrangements are being made to bring them to the district headquarters of Ukhrul.

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