Raipur: A CRPF trooper shot dead four fellow personnel and injured another at a camp in Chhattisgarh's Maoist-infested Dantewada district, police said on Tuesday.

The incident occurred around 1 am at a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) camp of 111 battalion at Aranpur village, around 60 km from Dantewada town and 440 km from Raipur.

The trooper, Deep Kumar Tiwari, was mentally disturbed for quite some time and he opened fire on five of his colleagues without any reason, district superintendent of police Narendra Khare told reporters on the phone.

Tiwari has been arrested, he said. Three of the paramilitary troopers, who were shot at, died on the spot while the fourth succumbed to injuries on the way to the hospital, Khare said. A fifth trooper is in a critical condition and has been referred to a government hospital in Jagdalpur, headquarters of the Bastar region, he said.

The four CRPF personnel who were killed were identified as Chandan Singh, Ramesh, Purshottam and Aniruddha Singh. Aranpur lies in a thickly forested area and comes under the Maoist insurgency-hit zone in the state.

(Agencies)

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