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Indian cop kills self, woman near Bangladesh Deputy High Commission in Kolkata

However, all diplomatic and non-diplomatic staff at the Bangladesh mission are safe

Update : 11 Jun 2022, 12:38 AM

In a broad daylight shooting, an Indian police constable posted at the Bangladesh Deputy High Commission in Kolkata killed himself after firing multiple rounds that also left a woman spot dead on Friday afternoon. 

However, all diplomatic and non-diplomatic staff at the Bangladesh mission are safe, UNB has learnt. The incident also left two others injured.

The Kolkata Police constable, Chodup Lepcha, who fired from his service weapon, a self-loading rifle or SLR, had been on leave and joined duty earlier in the day, police said. He was actually from the 5th battalion of the Kolkata Armed Police.

Local TV channels reported, quoting eye-witnesses, that the rogue cop roamed in the area for nearly an hour before firing at least 10 rounds near the high commission in the posh Park Circus area of the city around 2:30 pm.

Meanwhile, Anandabazar Patrika reported that the woman is a 28-year-old psychiatrist, Rima Singh.

Rima, who was riding a pillion on a two-wheeler, fell down after being hit by a bullet as the on-duty policeman kept firing from his rifle, triggering chaos in the congested area, reported The Indian Express citing local police.

Senior police officers arrived at the spot soon after the incident.

The police said they will investigate if Chodup Lepcha had been suffering from depression. 

"He was roaming in the area for an hour before suddenly opening fire, locals told us. One woman was killed and two others sustained bullet injuries, following which the cop also shot himself dead," Kolkata Police chief Vineet Goyal told the media.

"We're collecting the footage of CCTV cameras installed in the area and will probe all aspects of the case," he added.

"The whole incident lasted for around five minutes," Bablu Sheikh, who said he saw the shooting, told news agency PTI.

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