Before the other soldiers could recover from their shock and disarm him, the jawan fled the spot and is now hiding somewhere on the campus, armed with an Insas assault rifle and 15 rounds. Army teams are on the lookout for him and hoping to persuade him to give himself up. Shakar Singh fired five rounds at JCO Ashok Shikara around 7.30pm, killing him on the spot, police said. A few shots hit Shikara in the head. The body has been sent for post-mortem.
What triggered the fragging is not clear yet. A police officer said some “internal issues” may have led to the killing, and a change in Singh’s posting could also be a reason. Singh “is contained” within the walls of OFK, but hasn’t been located yet. Drones are being used in the search operation. “We are trying to get him to surrender. He is hiding somewhere on the OFK campus and is communicating on phone with his seniors,” Katni SP Lalit Shakyawar told TOI. “He is not a habitual criminal or a terrorist. So, our efforts are to get him out of his hideout without any further problems or engagement,” said a police officer.
“He regrets what he did. But he also says that there is no point in living anymore. He is talking to his wife and children. His daughter’s wedding is scheduled next month. They too are trying to get him to surrender,” said another police officer.