A Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) trooper, who opened fire with his AK-47 rifle on Saturday evening, killing a colleague and critically injuring another, was neutralised and apprehended after over an hour-long operation by a joint team of Kolkata Police commandos and the paramilitary force, police said.
The shooter, Head Constable Akshay Kumar Mishra, was captured. He was earlier reported to have been moving with a loaded AK 47 rifle.
The killed CISF personnel was identified as Assistant Sub Inspector identified as Ranjit Sarongi. The injured CISF officer, admitted to the state-run SSKM Medical College & Hospital, has been identified as Subir Ghosh, an Assistant Commandant rank officer.
On getting the news, commandos of Kolkata Police and other CISF officers and troopers cordoned the Museum area, and used microphones to ask the trooper to surrender.
A city police source said that the joint team first identified the area in the museum area where jawan was hiding. After that, electrical connections to the entire block was snapped. Then a Kolkata Police commando fired tear gas shells, which forced the killer jawan to come out in the open, following which he was quickly neutralised by the combat force commandos and apprehended.
Sources said, Mishra, hailing from Odisha’s Dhenkanal district, was denied leave to attend his father’s funeral and was mentally not stable. Shortly after he was captured, in his first statement he said, “galti ho gayee” (I made a mistake).
Speaking to media persons, the Commissioner of Police said, “At least 15 rounds were fired. We are investigating the reason why he resorted to indiscriminate firing. Prima facie it seems that he was suffering from mental depression.”
This is the second case of a shooting by a security personnel on a Kolkata street in the last three months.
On June 10, a Kolkata Police constable, deputed for security of Bangladesh Deputy High Commission at busy Park Circus, opened fire with his Insas rifle, killing one woman, before committing suicide.
(With IANS inputs)