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Constable shoots 3 cops

Constable Vikas Tiwary at Daltonganj town police station on Thursday. Picture by Saikat Chattopadhya

Ranchi, April 10: A furious Indian Reserve Battalion constable in Gumla shot three policemen last evening and fled on his bike, forcing security personnel across the poll-bound stretches to launch a nightlong hunt for their colleague before he surrendered this morning at Daltonganj.

Around 8pm on Wednesday, at Gundari picket in Bishunpur thana in Gumla, constable Vikas Tiwary opened fire that left ASI Ratan Kumar Jaiswal, head constable Shambhu Kumar and constable Chandan Kumar dead. Tiwary then zoomed off on his bike with the Insas rifle he had just used, more arms and grenades.

Till Tiwary gave himself up at Daltonganj town thana at 5am, scores of policemen spent the night searching for him on poll eve in the densely forested belt. “Jungle mein jawan Maoists ko kam, Tiwary ko zyada khoj rahe thhe. Jab subah pata chala ki usne samarpan kiya tab shanti mili (Jawans kept searching for Tiwary rather than Maoists. When we learnt he surrendered, we were relieved),” a policeman said.

Palamau SP Y.S. Ramesh said: “The jawan surrendered this morning at Daltonganj’s Town thana with his arms.”

On why Tiwary turned trigger-happy, a policeman at Town police station said: “The jawan, while surrendering, said his sister’s marriage was fixed next week in Bihar’s Nawada but he had not got leave. Also, he claimed to have been teased by his colleagues. But we don’t know details.” He added Tiwary biked 200km through the night.

Gumla SP Bhimsen Tuti, who went to Gundari picket, only said that the crisis “was unexpected”.


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