This is the third such incident of fratricide firing in last 10 days. (Photo Credit: File Image)
In yet another fratricide firing incident, a CRPF constable an assistant commandant dead in Jharkhand’s Bokaro. The accused was deployed on election duty in the state. News agency ANI has identified the accused as one Deepender Yadav. The news agency says that Yadav attacked Assistant Commandant Sahul Harshan and killed him on the spot. Two others were also injured in the firing incident. However, other security personnel fired at Yadav and managed to overpower him. THE CRPF issued a brief statement confirming the incident. “Injured have been evacuated to Ranchi. Reason for the incident not known. Enquiry has been ordered,” the CRPF statement said.
Day before on Monday, a Chhattisgarh Armed Force constable, who was deployed on election duty in Jharkhand’s Ranchi, killed his company commander and later committed suicide. According to news agency ANI, the constable identified as one Vikram Rajware shot dead his company commander Inspector Mela Ram Khure. The incident took place during early morning hours on Monday. The incident comes week after in a similar manner, an ITBP soldier had killed his five colleagues before ending his life. Six personnel of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) were killed and three others injured in an exchange of fire among themselves in Chhattisgarh's Narayanpur district on Wednesday, police said. The incident took place at the Kadenar camp of ITBP's 45th battalion in Narayanpur, located around 350 km from Raipur, Inspector General of Police (Bastar range) Sundarraj P had said.
Mental health in armed forces has been an issue that has not bee dealt properly in India. Recent government data shows that between 2011 and 2018, there were 891 deaths by suicide of members of the Indian armed forces. It does not include soldiers in para forces.
Suicides were highest in the Army, which reported that 707 personnel took their own lives between 2011 and 2018. The Air Force reported nearly 5 times fewer suicides at 148 over the eight years. The Navy has the lowest number of suicides, with 36 deaths reported over the same period.
The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) reported 56 suicides in the four years, the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) reported 25 suicides. The Assam Rifles reported 30 deaths by to suicide in the same period.
The data reveals that the bulk of the people who take their own lives are not gazetted officers, junior commanding officers or subordinate officers, but come from “other ranks.” The highest number of suicides were reported in Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra.