CHENNAI: The slumber of quiet township of Anuparama, located 10km from Kalpakkam Nuclear Complex was broken with gunshots from Central Industrial Security Force Barracks that killed three security personnel and injured two others.
A CISF spokesman confirmed that the incident happened when CISF Head constable VP Singh pulled the trigger of the sten gun on his own men. The incident happened around 5.30am.
He said V P Singh shot dead ASI R Ganesan, head constables Subburaj and Mohan Singh after pulling the trigger from his 9mm carbine. ASI Pratap Singh and constable Goverdhan Prasad suffered injuries during the incident.
The spokesman said that VP Singh had put in 24 years of service and was recently posted from Narora to Kalpakkam nulear plant. “VP Singh still had some years of service before retirement,” the spokesman said.
He said that besides Tamil Nadu police, CISF is also conducting its own enquiry. To a query on whether it was the transfer to Kalpakkam plant or denial of leave that resulted in the incident, the spokesman said they are also looking into that angle.
While CISF officials in Kalpakkam refused to comment on the incident, officials from nuclear facilities in Kalpakkam said that the incident won’t have any impact on the running of nuclear reactors.
A spokeswoman of Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research said that the operations have not been impacted. “The incient happened at the extreme corner of the township inside the barracks,” she said.
A police official stated that the CISF personnel who allegedly pulled the trigger has been detained and is being questioned while the injured have been rushed to hospital located n city’s outskirts.