CHENNAI: The shocking incident of fratricide at the CISF camp in Kalpakkam on Wednesday, in which a head constable shot dead three colleagues, sparked serious concerns among the nuclear science community in India, with top security officials from the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) in Mumbai flying in for probe.
Describing the incident as unprecedented, a senior official said top security officials from DAE, including additional secretary and inspector general of DAE, were rushing to Kalpakkam to investigate the shooting incident that took place around 5 in the morning. He said immediately after the incident top security officials in and around Kalpakkam gathered to monitor the situation.
Meanwhile, officials from nuclear facilities in Kalpakkam said the fratricide will not have any impact on the running of nuclear reactors.
“The incident happened at the extreme corner of the township inside the barracks,” a spokesperson of Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR) said. A staff member of the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) who stays at the township said that the families living in the area could hardly hear the gunfire as the gun that was used is sophisticated and fires multiple rounds each second.
“We woke up only after the phone rang and were informed about the incident,” another official said.
Sources at IGCAR and NPCIL told Express that around 700 CISF personnel are deployed on security duty at the nuclear complex.