CRPF man killed in Liberia attack, weapon traced to Pak officer

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    CRPF man killed in Liberia attack, weapon traced to Pak officer



    A CRPF constable was killed and another injured in firing in their camp in Zwedru in Liberia where they are deployed as part of UNMIL (UN Mission in Liberia). A weapon used in the attack and later found at the spot has been traced to a Lt Murad, posted with a Pakistani contingent.

    Confirming the incident, CRPF Director General Vikram Srivastava told The Indian Express: “One of our boys expired in the unfortunate incident in which a Pakistani officer posted there was involved. All details of the incident which we got from the Liberia office have been sent in a report to Joint Secretary (UN) in the Ministry of External Affairs.”

    The incident occurred at 4.45 am on June 8 when constables Jeet Singh and Kaptan Singh were on duty at their posts at the CRPF camp. According to reports, an “unidentified” man in fatigues entered the Indian camp and began firing indiscriminately.An interim inquiry confirmed that the weapon abandoned at the spot belonged to a Pakistani officer, identified as one Lt Murad.

    During investigations by UNMIL, 40 cartridges were found at the spot. These too had been issued to the Pakistani officer. He was said to have been questioned by the inquiry team.

    The inquiry report was sent to the CRPF DG.

    “When Jeet Singh and Kaptan Singh tried to catch the intruder, they sustained bullet injuries. The intruder fled but left behind his weapon,” sources said.

    The injured men were admitted to a hospital in Liberia but one of them succumbed to injuries. His body has been brought to India and handed over to his family. The details have not yet been made public.All Indian peacekeepers posted in Liberia are from the CRPF. As many as 9,644 uniformed personnel from different countries, including Pakistan, are currently deployed with the UNMIL.
     
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    Hate attack? Pak army officer in shooting spree at Indian UN camp


    Cross-Border hostility has hit a new low. On June 8, a Pakistan army lieutenant armed with an automatic rifle fired indiscriminately at CRPF personnel posted in Liberia on a UN peace-keeping mission. The incident has sent ripples down the corridors of North and South Block.

    Around 120 members of CRPF's Rapid Action Force are currently posted in Zwerdu, 350 km from Liberia's capital Monrovia. Just 350 yards from the Indian camp is that of the Pakistan army's Battalion 13, which is on UN duty and guards the Zwerdu airport.

    "At 4.45 am (local time) on June 8, Lieutenant Murad fired indiscriminately at Indian sentry posts and pre-fabricated huts where the Indian personnel stay, shouting slogans of Allah-hu-Akbar," says a secret report of the Union home ministry. Despite Lieutenant Murad firing at least 21 rounds and four bursts from his rifle at the Indian camp, two CRPF constables at the sentry posts did not retaliate for fear of hurting civilians in the thickly inhabited area. Lt Murad escaped, leaving behind his automatic rifle. All the CRPF men were extremely lucky to escape unhurt despite the heavy firing.

    Home secretary G. K. Pillai has now brought the matter to the notice of the Prime Minister's Office and the external affairs ministry. The latter has taken it up at the diplomatic level with the United Nations. A source said India now expects the triggerhappy lieutenant to face court martial proceedings in Pakistan.

    Benn Wilson, the regional commander of the UN Police and Prince Gharleh, the regional commander of the Liberian National Police, arrived at the scene soon after the firing and nabbed Lt Murad later that evening (on June 8). Major Jamal, the officer in charge of the Pakistan contingent, confirmed that Lt Murad was missing.

    An automatic rifle, 30 live rounds in two magazines, and 18 empty cases were recovered from the spot. The UN Police have also confirmed that the ammunition found at the spot belongs to the Pakistani contingent and the automatic G-3 rifle found abandoned ( serial number POF- 71- B40380) belongs to Lt Murad," says the report.

    A high-level special investigative team comprising six members has been formed by the UN Police. "The preliminary reports of the investigation do not point to any immediate reasons for Lt Murad's bizarre behaviour," the report with the ministry of home affairs ( MHA) says. However, a source has revealed that according to the Pakistan side, Lt Murad is slightly " mentally unbalanced". The UN has praised the two CRPF men - Constable Jeet Singh and Constable Kaptan Singh - who were at the sentry posts. They came under heavy fire but did not retaliate. In the process, they saved innocent civilians' lives. "The CRPF exercised commendable restraint.

    They should get awards," the UN has told India.

    The report is full of details. "At 0445 hours on June 8, Constable Jeet Singh heard gunshots at sentry post number 3. He saw an unknown man wearing a black dress firing six rounds and shouting slogans of Allah-hu-Akbar . The man then proceeded towards sentry post number 4 where Constable Kaptan Singh was posted and fired 15 rounds and two-three bursts. The sentry posts and wall of pre- fabricated huts, where our men stay, have borne the maximum brunt - one bullet pierced through the wall of the hut and hit a Vajra vehicle parked on the other side," says the report.

    India has now requested the UN to "suitably augment" the security of the Indian camp in light of this unfortunate incident. There is a move to seek the shifting of the Indian camp from the present location. As many as 120 members of the CRPF are posted at the UN Mission in Liberia at Zverdu since last February. A CRPF women's contingent is also posted in Liberia, but they are in Monrovia.

    By Aman Sharma in New Delhi Miraculous escape for two constables Women are also part of the CRPF contingent posted in Liberia.

    Reproduced From Mail Today. Copyright 2010. MTNPL. All rights reserved.
     
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    Indian S-I provoked me: Pak officer


    New Delhi The Pakistani Army officer in Liberia who opened fire on the CRPF camp deployed as part of the UN Mission in Liberia on June 8 is believed to have told his interrogators that he was provoked by remarks made by an Indian officer posted in that country, according to an inquiry report sent to the CRPF Director General in Delhi.
    In the report sent by CRPF Contingent Commandant Jaideep Misra in Zwedru, Liberia, it is mentioned that Lieutenant Murad got upset with remarks made by Indian Sub-Inspector Ajay Kumar on June 7, a day before the firing incident.

    The report, accessed by The Indian Express, says, “During interrogation, Lt Murad has alleged that SI Ajay Kumar of this (Indian Formed Police Unit) contingent is a good friend of his (Murad) and on June 7, 2010, while S-I Ajay Kumar had gone to airport, Zwedru in connection with departure of contingent persons to Harper (Liberia) and Monrovia, he told him that he was too weak physically and that he should come to Harper, where there was a jail and he will assist him to get fitter. This remark/statement has upset him as per his version.”

    According to the report, S-I Ajay Kumar during the inquiry denied having made any such remark. “On ascertaining from S-I Ajay Kumar by the investigation team, he stated that he had met Lt Murad on two or three occasions, only besides meeting him on 7th June, 2010. He had met Murad only at airport whenever he had gone there for official purposes,” the report says. “On 7th June, 2010 also, when he had gone to airport apart from exchanging formal courtesies, he was offered a glass of juice. However, instead of juice, a glass of milk was brought which he shared in another glass with Lt Murad, and after spending about 10 to 15 minutes at the airport, came back to the camp. He declined to have made any such remark,” it adds about Ajay Kumar’s testimony.

    The details of this report have been sent to the Ministry of External Affairs by the CRPF Headquarters. Further investigations are being carried out by UNPOL (United Nations Police) in Liberia and Pakistan has also launched investigations into the incident.

    Lt Murad of Pakistan Battalion 13 had fired indiscriminately at the Indian camp in Liberia on June 8 around 4.45 am, causing some property damage. The Indian constables posted there, Jeet Singh and Kaptan Singh, did not retaliate as it could have potentially escalated the situation, according to the report. “Any civilian casualty could have culminated in serious law and order problem and serious setback to the ongoing peace efforts by

    all the UN agencies. The sentries at post number 3 and 4 (Jeet Singh and Kaptan Singh) chose to act with discipline and restraint,” says the report.
     

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