Ranchi, Sept. 3: A JAP havildar shot himself in the head with his service rifle at the counter-insurgency training centre at Manatu in Kanke, Ranchi, this morning.
Veer Bhagat Singh (36), “one of the best man” in JAP-4, was apparently driven to suicide by “routine” abusive words mouthed by his trainer and retired army man, havildar major Mahendra Bankura.
DGP Rajiv Kumar has ordered an inquiry into allegations of abetment. Jharkhand Jaguar DIG Praveen Singh is heading the probe, as the incident took place on the force’s campus, where Veer Bhagat was among 24 havildars from the state selected for an advanced training for trainers.
A Jaguar source said the havildar killed himself around 8am. “He went to the armoury to deposit his rifle, but instead shot himself. He was taken to RIMS, but doctors declared him brought dead.”
DIG Singh conceded that Veer Bhagat and his colleagues — being trained for the past four weeks at Manatu — were not happy with Bankura’s behaviour and frequent use of abusive language.
“The havildar had reported his trainer to seniors yesterday, but Bankura seems to have threatened Veer Bhagat with dismissal from the force, which may have triggered the latter’s extreme action,” the probe officer said.
Kanke OC Sanjay Kumar could not confirm an FIR till the filing of this report, but the DIG insisted that the same would be lodged against Bankura under Section 306 (abetment to suicide) of the IPC.
Veer Bhagat, a native of Bhojpur district in Bihar, had joined the police force in 2001.
“He was one of the best havildars in the battalion and hence, was selected for the eight-week advanced training,” said JAP-4 commandant Naveen Kumar Sinha.
SP (operations) of Jharkhand Jaguar B. Chandramohan said a jawan who could commit suicide was weak in the inside. “This is a counter-insurgency training. Seniors chide trainees to make them strong. There is nothing to be demoralised,” he added.