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Army personnel detained in Bathinda military station firing case in Punjab

On April 17th, 2023, Monday, The Bathinda police detained one Army jawan in connection with a recent military station firing incident in which four army personnel were killed in their sleep. The firing incident in which the army personnel was killed took place inside the Bathinda Military Station in Punjab on April 12th. Mohan Desai, an accused, has admitted his crime and said he shot his colleagues over personal disputes. Mohan Desai, who was the witness to the killing of 4 jawans, has been arrested for murdering the soldiers.


 According to the Punjab Police, four army personnel were interrogated in connection to the incident on Sunday. Among the four jawans, Mohan was one of them who was summoned by the police officers for questioning. The sources said Mohan told the investigation team and the army authorities that he was subjected to sexual harassment and turned the gun on his fellow army personnel to avenge the humiliation after meticulous planning. A case has also been registered by the police against two unidentified individuals concerning the incident.


On the basis of the statement of Major Ashutosh Shukla, a witness of the incident, the FIR was registered. The four murdered army personnel have been recognized as Yogesh, Santoish, Sagar, and Kamlesh. They were asleep in their rooms after finishing their duty when two masked men attacked them with sharp-edged weapons and riffles. The four jawans were found in the pool of blood in their rooms, and all four of them belonged to an artillery unit of the army.  The police informed the media that one of the weapons used in the crime was seized. According to the Army statement, no other injuries to personnel or damage to the property have been reported. 


Rajnath Singh, the Defence Minister, also received information of the incident from Manoj Pandey,  Army Chief General, sources said. The army conducted a joint investigation with police to establish the facts of the case and the area was fenced off. The sensational murder on 12th April had raised questions on security arrangements, especially since it happened amid the speculations of retaliation to the massive crackdown on separatist Sikh preacher Amritpal Singh and his outfit ‘Waris Punjab Se’. 

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