PATNA: A jawan of paramilitary force Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) posted in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district shot himself dead on Thursday morning, officials said.
Chaitanya Tamra, who hailed from Srikakulam district in Andhra Pradesh, shot himself on the head with the service rifle of one of his colleagues at the camp of SSB’s 27th battalion at Jhapaha at about 9 AM. Officials from the local Ahiyapur police station are probing the incident.
A profusely bleeding Tamra was rushed to Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital in Muzaffarpur, but he succumbed a few minutes after treatment began, said officials. His family has been informed of his death.
“The victim had been going through a phase of depression for the past few days. He had been taken off field duty and posted at the camp office for this reason,” said Sanjay Kumar, DIG of SSB. Tamra had recently visited his family in Srikakulam and returned for duty in December, he added.
After he was shifted from field duty, Tamra’s service rifle was taken away. “But in the morning, he picked up an Insas rifle of one of his colleagues and shot himself on the head. His colleagues were alerted by the the sound and rushed him to the hospital,” said the DIG.
The incident comes two days after a CRPF jawan from Bihar’s Buxar district committed suicide by slitting his own throat at the Chhinnamasta temple at Rajrappa in neighbouring Jharkhand. On January 12, a Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) constable deployed at a thermal power station in Bihar’s Aurangabad district had opened fire on his colleagues and killed four of them. The killer jawan was said to be unhappy over not getting his leave request sanctioned.