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Shocking: One dead, another injured as CISF constable opens fire at colleagues at Kolkata museum

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Kolkata: In yet another shocking incident that came to fore from Kolkata where a CISF (Central Industrial Security Force) jawan posted at the Indian Museum in Kolkata shot dead two of his colleagues. In this incident a senior comrade of the jawan was martyred while another officer was injured. Head constable AK Mishra, who allegedly opened fire, shot assistant sub-inspector Ranjit Sarangi with an AK-47 rifle, while assistant commandant-rank officer Suveer Ghosh sustained minor injuries, officials said.

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The accused head constable claims that he was being harassed in the unit. He has been arrested. The accused Mishra surrendered when CISF Inspector General (South East) Sudhir Kumar reached the spot, a paramilitary force official said. Kolkata Police also said that CISF officials forced Mishra to surrender by laying down his arms. It is alleged that Mishra forcibly removed the weapons from the unit’s arsenal and emptied the entire pamphlet on the people.

We are in touch with CISF, Goyal told reporters. We convinced the accused to lay down their arms. We are probing the matter.” The incident took place this evening at the barracks in India’s oldest and largest museum complex. The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) is handling the security of the museum since December 2019. The museum, located in the heart of Kolkata, is an autonomous body under the Union Ministry of Culture.

Second incident in 3 months
This is the second case of a shooting by a security personnel on a Kolkata street in the last three months. On June 10, a Kolkata Police constable, deputed for security of Bangladesh Deputy High Commission at busy Park Circus, opened fire with his Insas rifle, killing one woman, before committing suicide.

Indian Museum, Kolkata
Founded in 1814, Indian Museum is the earliest and the largest multipurpose museum not only in the Indian subcontinent but also in the Asia-Pacific region of the world. It is an autonomous organisation under the administrative control of the Union Ministry of Culture. CISF took over the armed security of the museum, located in Park Street area in the heart of Kolkata, in December 2019.

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