Nilkanta Behera at the police station. Picture by Sanat Kr Sinha
A CISF constable who had been ordered out of a room by his senior for answering his mobile phone in the middle of a roll call was so upset that he fatally shot the officer in his sleep.
Nilkanta Behera, in his late 20s, pumped three bullets into the chest of inspector Gurupada Shid, 50, with his service rifle early on Sunday before surrendering. The officer was declared dead on arrival at SSKM Hospital.
The incident occurred at the CISF’s Garden Reach camp, where a routine roll call around 7pm on Saturday had seen Behera allegedly arguing with his senior over a mobile phone call.
“Behera’s mobile phone rang during the roll call,” an officer at West Port police station said. “Shid noticed him speaking over the phone and asked him to hang up immediately but Behera ignored the order.”
When the constable insisted it was a phone call he couldn’t ignore, Shid asked him to leave the room.
“Behera told us that he felt humiliated when Shid asked him to go out of the room,” the officer said.
Behera had dinner with his colleagues and retired to the barracks for the night, but sleep eluded him. Around 3am, he walked towards the recreation room where Shid was asleep, carrying with him an Insas rifle loaded with 20 bullets.
According to the police, inspector Shid hadn’t bolted the door from inside, allowing Behera easy entry. He allegedly stood beside his senior’s bed, took aim and pulled the trigger thrice.
“On hearing gunshots, guards on night duty ran towards the recreation room to find Behera walking out of the room with an Insas slung on his shoulder,” the police quoted witnesses as saying.
Behera surrendered to his colleagues without any hesitation.
The CISF immediately reported the incident to Garden Reach police station, which informed West Port police station because the camp is under its jurisdiction.
A team from West Port police station arrested Behera and booked him for premeditated murder.
“Behera told us that he decided to kill his senior after the altercation during roll call,” an officer said.
The constable has been remanded in police custody till November 2.
In December last year, a 57-year-old guard at SBI’s Bhowanipore branch shot dead a colleague and a cashier in front of customers because he could not take their alleged taunts anymore.