Train Tragedy: What Sparked the RPF Constable’s Fatal Shots?

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The Shooting Spree

Singh, armed with an automatic weapon AKM, a modified version of the AK-47, opened fire inside the B5 coach of the train after 5 AM on Monday. Among the victims was his own senior, Assistant Sub-Inspector Tikaram Meena, and three passengers. The accused fired around 12 rounds during the shooting spree, leaving a trail of devastation and terror.

The Sequence of Events

The tragedy involving RPF constable Chetan Singh began when he complained of feeling unwell and demanded his service revolver. A scuffle ensued with his colleague Aman Acharya, resulting in Singh taking his rifle and leaving the spot.

Arrest and Investigation

After pulling the train’s emergency chain, Singh jumped down from the train near Mira Road station on the Mumbai suburban network and began walking on the tracks. The Government Railway Police (GRP) and RPF personnel arrested him after a chase, and his weapon was seized.

Mental Health Concerns

Authorities suspect that the accused may be mentally unstable, and a thorough examination is planned to assess his mental state. Singh had reportedly filed a complaint for mental harassment before the incident, raising questions about the stress and support systems within law enforcement.

Forensic Examination and High-Level Panel Formation

The police collected Singh’s fingerprints and plan to send them, along with the murder weapon, for forensic examination. The Railway Board has constituted a five-member committee to conduct a comprehensive inquiry into the incident and submit a report within three months.

Ex-Gratia and Support for Victims

Rs 10 lakh ex-gratia announced for victim families. The incident highlights mental well-being support for law enforcement and improved train travel security measures needed.