Why again when everything happening is good? Fratricide with lethal logic, a person opening fire to kill brothers in a barrack! But why? When the organization CRPF is doing so well in the jungles of Chattisgarh!
-‘ The Vietnam war saw fratricide increase because of the close-in jungle fighting!
-‘Several of the author’s novels deal with the history and culture of his own country, and the mystical relationship between man and God. In 1957 he lost the Nobel Prize by a single vote to the French writer Albert Camus’ But a line of his I do remember because this is from the book which is lying in front of me,‘ Life is trouble. Only death is not. To be alive is to undo your belt and look for trouble……(Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek)’
-‘Nikos Kazantzakis was a prolific Greek writer, whose works include essays, novels, poems, tragedies, travel books, and translations of such classics as Dante’s The Divine Comedy and J.W. von Goethe’s Faust. Like his hero, Odysseus, Kazantzakis lived most of his artistic life outside Greece-except for the years of World War II. ‘I am a mariner of Odysseus with a heart of fire but with mind ruthless and clear’! But a couple of days back one man was writing another tragedy? But why? Certainly frustration is not an excuse here! Frustration for what?
‘-A novel by Dale A. Dye based on a screenplay by Oliver Stone and now turned into an explosive new film. Platoon tells the story of the war in Vietnam, where the first casualty is always innocence. That happened in jungles! And I know the skills of jungle warfare! I learnt! Itliterally and the best code was, ‘never go from the routes that have ve reconnoitered! Just move from where the enemy’s plans are just not available to him! There only the Leopards and Tigers dare alone!
‘-In jungles whether it be Chattisgarh or Poonch, someone matters, and whoever does just carry him along with you! It could be a tiger cub, a puppy or a child! I Know the Indian soldier will say, ‘bacche hain, chalo big pack mein dal lete hain’ The animal mother does not understand where the small offspring of theirs has gone but a Pakistani or a terror commander will say, ‘Phas gaye’! Bad Idea!
‘-I do not know how many of the officers in CRPF would have read the book Platoon if they have not then the just read the book of Chris Taylor, a neophyte recruit in Vietnam, finds himself caught in a battle of wills between two sergeants, one good and the other evil. A shrewd examination of the brutality of war and the duality of man in conflict.’
-‘A gritty and emotional look at the lives of a platoon of American soldiers as they patrol, fight and die in the jungles of Vietnam as seen through the perspective of a young recruit. Two veteran sergeants clash when one of them precipitates a massacre of villagers.’
-‘That was a book but let us be practical why this happened in Chattisgarh yet again and previously also several times?’
-‘The news headline was, ‘Chhattisgarh: CRPF jawan shoots dead four colleagues with AK-47 rifle, injures three. In a similar incident of fratricide in January this year, a CRPF jawan was killed and another one injured after their colleague opened fire at them in their camp in Bastar district’
-‘The place was again Sukma and the incident took place at around 3.15 am in the camp of the Central Reserve Police Force’s (CRPF) 50th battalion in Lingampally village under Maraiguda police station of the area of the district, located nearly 400 km from the state capital Raipur, Inspector General of Police (Bastar range) Sundarraj P. said!
-‘As per preliminary information, constable Reetesh Ranjan fired at his colleagues with his service weapon, an AK-47 rifle, the official said. He also added that the seven injured personnel were immediately shifted to a hospital in nearby Bhadrachalam area of neighbouring Telangana, where doctors declared four of them dead on arrival, the official said.
-‘Those killed were identified as constables Rajmani Kumar Yadav, Rajib Mondal, Dhanji and Dharmendra Kumar, he said, adding that three other injured personnel were being treated at the hospital’
-The question arises, but why?
This was a shocker! A shocking incident has come to light from the Central Reservebut the reasons are in plenty:
CRPF jawan may have opened fire on colleagues due to ’emotional stress’; investigations underway. By the way the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has ordered an inquiry into the incident to ascertain the cause of the incident and suggest remedial measures. The accused, constable Reetesh Ranjan, was overpowered by fellow troopers at Lingalapally camp in the Sukma district of the south Bastar region soon after the shootout. As per preliminary information, Ranjan fired at his colleagues with his service weapon, an AK-47 rifle.
The local police have begun an investigation into the case and all legal actions will follow. The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has ordered an inquiry into the incident to ascertain the cause of the incident and suggest remedial measures.
Prima facie, it seems that due to some emotional stress leading to sudden psychological disbalance, constable Reetesh Ranjan lost his control and in a fit of rage opened fire on his colleagues. But why the stress? The question remains the same, this way or that? Another officer said the accused jawan was to begin his sentry post duty from 4 am, but soon after getting ready he sprayed bullets on his colleagues who were sleeping.
This preliminary information was collected from other jawans present in the camp. More information about the incident and the exact chain of events over the last few days is being ascertained under the Court of Inquiry (CoI) initiated by the CRPF, he said.
The paramilitary force, which has deployed over 25 battalions in the state for anti-Naxal operations, has recently issued a communication to all its formations to identify personnel who are either under depression or are stressed, and undertake appropriate counseling for them to curb suicide and fratricide like incidents.
Easy availability of a firearm to a person who either ends his life or attacks his colleagues is a big challenge for security forces. Different solutions are being looked at to check this issue, but a perfect one is still to be found.
I will tell you a small incident, ‘look, one day I had gone to a little village. An old grandfather of ninety was busy planting the foremost fruit crops grown in the Chhattisgarh region which are Guava, Mango, Lime, Cashewnut, Cheku, Litch. What, grandfather! The son exclaimed. Planting fruit trees?’ And he, bent as he was, turned around and said: ‘My son, I carry on as if I should never die.’ I replied: ‘And I carry on as if I was going to die any minute. That is what a soldier and a farmer from Chhattisgarh is! Life is small but incidents in life are many. Here the man from the CRPF was wrong? Why so? The inquiry and investigations will tell it!
Which of us was right, boss? Would always be the last question to be asked! It always has been to a senior to reply! But the country has to move on all the way! By the way the CRPF is a great force! This was a spoilt show but it will never happen again, this the commanders have to ensure! Commanders can do it and let us be in affirmation that this will not happen again! This was a badly dropped catch but Central Reserve Police Force is a team of warriors whether be it men or women! They are the most vibrant force of all and in the end I will say that mishaps do happen but the only way out is to move on!