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Jammu: Inquiry into firing incident at CM's home

Written by: Staff

Jammu, Apr 5: Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Director General J K Sinha has instituted a court of inquiry into the firing incident at Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad's residence here on Monday.

Mr Sinha was here to assess the situation just after the incident in which a CRPF jawan Anand Kumar went berserk and opened fire from his insas rifle, allegedly killing one inspector and two head constables on the spot. He felt that there was a need to improve the infrastructure extended to the CRPF jawans in the state.

While confirming the court of inquiry ordered by the DG, the Inspector General, CRPF, Jammu range Mr P M Nair told UNI today that the inquiry will cover all aspects of the circumstances and individual behaviour that led to the tragedy. Besides having on the spot assessment, it will also look into the living conditions of the CRPF personnel deployed in different parts of the state.

Anand Kumar, 30, was considered one of the best shooter of the 4th battalion and had the reputation of a competent soldier. He had recently won the 'best shooter prize' in one of the shooting events. Keeping his excellent record in mind, he was chosen for the prestigious duty of a guard at the Chief Minister's official residence at Wazarat road, stated Mr Nair.

Though the inquiry into the incident is still going on, initial reports suggest that Anand was repremanded by his senior officer for laxity in duty and was threatened of cancellation of his leave which had already been approved.

Another possible reason of provocation which Anand often faced from his colleagues was that even after five years of marriage, he still did not have children.


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