Srinagar: Three Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans of the 18th Battalion died and one critically injured in an incident of fratricidal shootout in Kulgam district in northern state Jammu and Kashmir.

Police officials and senior CRPF officials were present at the site when the incident took place.

Soon after the incident, all four jawans were taken to a nearby hospital where doctors declared two of them brought dead and one succumbed to his injuries in the hospital.

The injured jawan has been identified as head constable SD Murti. His condition is said to be serious.

Meanwhile, the police seized the government rifles used in the incident and have detained six jawans for questioning.

CRPF spokesperson Mohammad Shahidi stated that a high-level committee has been formed to look into the matter.

According to reports, fight between jawans occurred after Friday midnight, and the two died on the spot. They have been identified as head constable P Sibbu and Suman Pillay. The third deceased jawan identified as Javed Hussain of the same rank died on Sunday morning in the hospital.

However, the reason behind this unfortunate incident has not been disclosed by the police and the CRPF.

According to sources, the fight allegedly started between Javed and Suman, later few jawans joined them. The jawans involved in the shootout were CRPF drivers. When gunshots were heard from the camp, other jawans and officers rushed to the site and found the four soaked in blood.

(JPN/Bureau)