Three Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel were allegedly shot dead by a colleague at the Kalpakkam nuclear power plant near Chennai on Wednesday. Two personnel were injured in the incident, which occurred at 5.15 am, a senior police officer investigating the case said.
Head constable Vijay Prathap Singh was immediately taken into custody by his colleagues and handed over to the Kancheepuram police. Vijay Singh, 44, hails from Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh and has been serving CISF for more than two decades.
“Assistant sub-inspector Ganesan and head constables Subburaj and Mohan Singh were killed at the spot while assistant sub-inspector Pratap Singh and head constable Govardhan Singh were injured and are receiving treatment at a hospital near Chennai,” the officer said.
According to sources, Vijay Singh, who was reportedly assigned to morning duty, allegedly first killed head constable Mohan Singh in his barrack while he was sleeping. The sources said Vijay Singh signed the duty register before collecting the weapon allegedly used in the crime from the camp office.
“He was supposed to go the assigned duty point. Instead he went into Mohan Singh’s barrack and shot him. Officers Ganesan and Subburaj, who reached the spot, were also shot dead while two others who tried to secure him were injured,” a CISF officer from the Kalpakkam camp office said.
There were at least 50 CISF personnel at the camp when the incident occurred.
“He must have been over-stressed,” an officer said. “His colleagues say frequent duty postings, game periods, compulsory training and classes and duty hours, are the reasons. Besides, a recruitment drive had begun, for which many cadre are being forced to work overtime and are denied leave”.
CISF spokesman Hemendra Singh said in New Delhi that they have ordered an internal inquiry into the incident. “Deployment of newly-recruited (personnel) has already begun. There was no leave issue or work pressure. Vijay Singh was sanctioned leave from October 15. We are probing his medical history and profile to figure out the actual reason behind this attack,” Singh said.
A senior CISF officer in Chennai said the Kalpakkam incident may be the first of many such reports. “One of our recent meetings has revealed an acute staff crunch, which is anywhere around 15,000 posts across India. Despite this work pressure that triggers psychological problems among our officers, authorities are ignoring our plight,” he said.
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