In a shocking incident, a Sikkim police personnel posted in New Delhi shot dead three of his fellow policemen.

The accused, Prabin Rai (32), and the three deceased were Sikkim Police personnel deployed at the plant for its security as part of the Indian Reserve Battalion (IRBn).

A senior official said they received a PCR call at the KNK Marg Police Station at around 3 pm about the firing.

The deceased have been identified as constables Pintso Namgyal Bhutia, Indra Lal Chettri, and Dhan Hang Subba

“Upon reaching the spot, it was found that three persons belonging to Sikkim Police had been shot, of which two had died on the spot and one was critically wounded and transferred to BSA hospital where he was declared brought dead,” a senior official said.

He said the accused surrendered at the Samaypur Badli police station.

Chief Minister of Sikkim, Prem Singh Golay, reacting to the incident said, “I am shocked and saddened to know that three IRB Jawans, namely LNK Pintso Namgyal Bhutia, CT/IR Indra Lal Chettri, and CT/IR Dhan Hang Subba were shot dead by LNK Prabin Rai ‘B’ at Haiderpur Water Treatment Plant, Rohini, New Delhi. The accused has surrendered before the law and is currently under police custody.”

He further added, “I express my heartfelt condolences to the family and relatives of the victims and pray for the departed souls to rest in eternal peace.”

There are allegations that the accused was a drug abuser. The three were shot using Insas rifle with 5.56 mm bullets. It may be mentioned that the police personnel was given only one magazine. Soon after the incident, the Sikkim Police addressed a press conference in Gangtok.

“When a police personnel is sent to a far off location in duty, he faces a lot of stress. Some face family problems, some face personal problems. As senior officers we try to sort out their issues almost always when it occurs. It could be that he may be facing certain personal stress, which he was unable to share with his seniors or colleagues. We are investigating on what could be the personal stress that was troubling him, that prompted him to take such a step. As and when we learn about it we will take necessary actions,” said Thakur Thapa, DIG, Arms and Ammunition, Sikkim Police.

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