CISF jawan steals AK-47, bullets to kill rivals at home in Tamil Nadu
RAIPUR: A possible massacre was averted when police and CISF
officers at a Dantewada camp swiftly tracked down a jawan who had
stolen a colleague's AK47 and 30 rounds of ammunition with the
alleged intention of gunning down five to six people he had a
rivalry with back home in Tamil Nadu. The accused jawan,
32-year-old Pandeeswaran G, is in custody and has admitted to
stealing the assault rifle with revenge in mind, say his officers.
What's even more shocking is that he was with the BSF earlier and
dismissed from service after a stint in Kashmir. How he managed to
get into another paramilitary unit is a mystery.
The CISF camp in the Bacheli iron ore mines in Dantewada went on high alert on January 10 when a jawan didn't find the AK-47 and ammunition he had kept in his cupboard. He had checked it the previous night and saw it missing when he was setting out for routine weapon cleaning. After looking around the camp, he informed his superiors. Dantewada SP Abhishek Pallava told TOI that police were informed on the night of January 10.
"We checked CCTV footage immediately and by midnight had established that no outsider had come in and neither had any jawan taken the weapon out of the camp. It was a very serious matter - a lethal weapon was missing from a paramilitary camp in Maoist-affected territory. It was necessary to check intensively. So, four jawans who had gone on leave on January 9 were contacted and ordered to report back to camp along with their luggage immediately," Pallava said. All four jawans returned on January 11 morning. Police found oil stains on Pandeeswaran's bag and the packed clothes had a gun-shaped indentation.
Police dug into his background and were stunned to learn that Pandeeswaran was earlier posted at Kupwara, in J&K, with BSF and was removed from service in 2011, Pallava said. "He joined CISF in 2012 and was posted at Sipat in Bilaspur till 2015. He joined the Bacheli camp in September 2016," the SP said.
"A search of his room and belongings revealed much to be suspicious about, including multiple financial transactions from his account, and phone numbers of several girls, indicating possible honey-trap," said a police officer.