A training officer of the Counter Terrorism and Jungle Warfare College in Kanker district was killed on Wednesday, after a shrapnel from a grenade struck him during a training session.
Senior police officers said that Narendra Singh, who was from Nagaur in Rajasthan, held the rank of platoon commander in the college and used to regularly train personnel in grenades and bomb disposal. The Counter Terrorism and Jungle Warfare College in Kanker is in the Maoist-affected Bastar range.
The institution trains police personnel on techniques of fighting in heavily forested terrain with the motto “fight a guerilla like a guerilla.”
Superintendent of Police Kanker J P Meena said, “The accident took place around 8.30 am when Narendra Singh was conducting a training session on throwing grenades. The trainees normally throw the grenade into a ditch where it explodes. However, a splinter from one of the grenades struck his eye and despite being rushed to hospital, he was declared dead on arrival.”
Meena said that the police was treating the case as an accidental death and added that a small delay in the explosion of the grenade had caused the tragedy.
“There was a small delay in the explosion and Singh had taken one step forward to check, when the bomb exploded and the splinter hit him. He had returned as a non-commissioned officer in the Army and was posted as a platoon commander here. He was also an expert in bomb defusal,” Meena said.