Indian border Policeman guns down five colleagues

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At least five police officers from India’s armed border force have been killed after a fellow policeman opened fire on them before turning the gun on himself, police said. 

Constable Musudul Rehman of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (IPBP) opened fire on his comrades in Chhattisgarh, a restive central state long wracked by a left-wing insurgency. 

“He later shot himself after shooting seven personnel,” a statement issued by the ITBP said. 

The two injured were being airlifted to state capital Raipur. 

Chhattisgarh is among India’s most impoverished states, where Maoist rebels have been fighting for decades for greater rights over land and resources. 

Multiple soldiers, rebels and others have died there since the 1960s.  

Tens of thousands of police and special commandos have been deployed to the region to deter further violence. 

Since 2016, over 300 soldiers have committed suicides in the Indian military and there have also been series of “fratricide” incidentsprompting government initiatives including counsellors, helplines and even yoga. 

In a separate incident, the military said that four soldiers were killed in Indian-administered Kashmir on Tuesday, three of them in an avalanche and a fourth who died in a blizzard. 

Two others died on Saturday in an avalanche some 4,500 metres up on the Siachen glacier that is disputed with neighbouring Pakistan and known as the world’s highest militarized zone. 




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