Dhubri/Guwahati, Sept. 5: Two assistant sub-inspectors of the 17 Bn of the BSF were allegedly shot dead by the cook (constable), who took his own life as well, at Hatirchar BSF border outpost under Sukchar police station in Dhubri district today.
PRO of BSF’s Guwahati frontier, DIG C.L. Belwa, told The Telegraph that the two officers, ASI Surendra Kumar and Babulal Singh, both around 50 years, were gunned down by the cook-constable, Prabhakar Mishra, 29, before taking his own life at the force’s Hatichar border outpost this morning. Mishra died on his way to the hospital.
Preliminary investigation has revealed the incident occurred on the spur of the moment after the officers abused the constable.
Belwa, however, said the circumstances leading to the incident will only be known after a formal inquiry is conducted. According to Belwa, the incident happened around 10.30am today.
Another constable, Omprakash Sahu, was injured by stray bullets and brought to Dhubri civil hospital in a critical condition.
Surendra Kumar was from Bhiwani in Haryana, Babulal from Barabanki in Uttar Pradesh and Prabhakar Mishra from Baksar in Bihar.
After the incident, the 17 Bn BSF headquarters at Panbari in Dhubri swung into action and senior officials rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control.
A retired BSF officer staying in Rupshi near Gauripur town, said these days the “mental condition of the jawans appears to be very disturbed because of increasing work pressure and difficult job conditions”. Tolerance level has come down to zero and they often get hurt or react even to slightest provocation, he added.