Five border security force (BSF) members were killed in a shooting that was opened by a police constable identified as Setteppa SK of ‘B’ Coy 144 Battalion with his duty weapon in Amritsar’s Khasa headquarters on Sunday, police said. This incident took place at around morning hours at 10:15, the accused was present in a barrack of the headquarters situated on Amritsar-Attari Road.
While confirming the casualties of this event, the Senior Superintendent of police (SSP-Amritsar rural) Deepak Hilori stated that they have got the information of “five casualties” from the BSF officials. “We are also informed that the jawan who resorted to the firing has also been killed,” he said, adding that their teams were working to identify the victims.
BSF officials said constable Setteppa SK began firing on his fellow members in the GF and the ORS barracks of the Khasa headquarters. According to an official, “He also fired on the vehicle of Satish Mishra, officiating commandant of 144 battalions”. It is yet to be confirmed if the Commandant was injured during the firing or not.
Reportedly, due to the firing, a total of six jawans were critically injured and rushed to a private hospital at the Amritsar airport road. Five of these injured were declared dead at around 11:00 am. The remaining injured jawan is still under treatment.
There are previous incidents of this kind in the Armed forces. Earlier, Two Border Security Force (BSF) personnel were killed and another injured after they opened fire following a brawl at a border location in south Tripura in September 2021. The CRPF jawan of the 50 Battalion in Chattisgarh last year killed four fellow jawans and ended up injuring three more. Back in 2017, Two BSF jawans were killed in such encounters, one in the Bandipora sector of J&K and one in West Bengal.