In a chilling confession, Rohitas Yadav, the Air Force security guard who killed his two colleagues in a fit of rage over their harassment, told cops that he had planned to kill his supervisor as well.
Rohitas Yadav said he wanted to target his supervisor as well, as he always sided with the two victims H R Singh and Somdutt and never paid heed to his grievances
mid-day had reported on the firing, in which the 49-year-old had grabbed his SLR rifle and killed his two colleagues H R Singh and Somdutt while they were sleeping in their room in the wee hours of Tuesday. Yadav also rushed into the adjoining room and opened fire, in which two others C P Thapa and Bheemsingh were injured.
Virendra Singh, the third person in this room who was hiding behind the door, tried nabbing Yadav. The accused’s rifle slipped from his hands in the scuffle and he fled the scene. He took an auto rickshaw and alighted at the Western Express Highway in Goregaon, where a Vanrai police beat marshal took him into custody after noticing that he was loitering suspiciously.
mid-day’s May 28 report on the incident
Yadav was eventually handed over to the Nirmal Nagar police, who booked him for murder, attempt to murder under the Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of the Arms Act. Police said they would make Virendra Singh the prime witness in the case.
Confessing to the police, Yadav expressed no remorse at his actions. “Maine jo kiya theek kiya,” said the frustrated man, who alleges that he had been regularly harassed and made fun of, by the victims.
They allegedly also made false complaints against him to his supervisor, who would then reprimand him. However, when he complained against the duo, his superior took no action. “He took their sides, so I was going to kill him as well,” Yadav told the police.
The Rajasthan resident had made a phone call to his supervisor one hour before his shooting spree, asking him to come to the guards’ room. However, the man decided to go off to sleep instead, and was saved.
Police said Yadav is extremely calm and doesn’t respond to their questions. He, however, has accepted killing the duo, as they bullied him regularly. He was produced in Bandra court and remanded to police custody.
The two injured are recuperating in naval hospital INHS Asvini. The post-mortem for the two perished guards was conducted at J J Hospital and their bodies handed over to their families.
Guard gone berserk
Yadav, Somdutt and H R Singh are part of the Air Force defence security corps unit.
This unit comprises ex-Army men, and members are posted to different military stations as security guards. Yadav claimed that Singh and Somdutt had been picking on him on a regular basis.
They would make fun of him in front of everybody, force him to do night duty when he was scheduled for a day shift, and rag him continuously. On Monday, he asked the duo, who were watching TV on duty, to get back to work.
The two men again snapped at him, and allegedly abused him. Tired and frustrated by the constant harassment, Yadav decided to take this extreme step. The Air Force is still conducting an internal inquiry into the matter.