Five BSF personnel shot dead in Punjab

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Five personnel of Border Security Force (BSF) personnel were killed and another seriously injured after their colleague allegedly opened fire at the force’s camp at Khasa near Amritsar.

A New Indian Express report said that fratricide was reported at the barracks of the 114 Battalion (Battalion) of the BSF headquarters’ in Khasa near Amritsar about twenty kilometres from the Attari-Wagah border.

“A constable Sateppa SK hailing from Karnataka who allegedly opened fire with his duty weapon on his own colleagues before turning the weapon on himself was among the five personnel killed. He also fired at the vehicle of a senior officer of the 144 Battalion,” the report said.

According to the report the incident occurred at 10 am and victims were declared brought dead at two hospitals at Amritsar around 11 am.

The deceased are all four head constables Rattan Singh of Jammu and Kashmir, Baljinder Kumar of Panipat in Haryana, Toraskar DS from Maharastra, Ram Binod from Bihar besides Sateppa himself.

Meanwhile, one trooper was critically wounded and is undergoing treatment at Guru Nanak Dev Hospital under heavy police security.

“The preliminary reports suggested that a Sateppa shot his colleagues as he was upset with his long duty hours and yesterday he had an argument with a senior BSF officer, but to no avail,” it said.

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