Indian soldier kills two officers, commits suicide

Indian Army is under a lot of stress and strain in Kashmir

JAMMU – An Indian army soldier on Sunday shot dead his two seniors including a Junior Commissioned Officer of the Indian Army before committing suicide at a forward post along the Line of Control in Poonch district of the Indian-held Jammu Kashmir, Indian media reported.

“A soldier shot at two of his colleagues in Poonch sector at 13:15 hours today,” the Press Trust of India news service quoted Indian defence spokesman as saying. Both of them died on the spot, it reported. The accused soldier then committed suicide by shooting himself, he said.

Sepoy Darshan Lal entered into a verbal duel with his senior Havaldar Ranjot Singh and in a fit of rage fired at him, according to the news service. The incident occurred at a forward post Madan in Digwar belt along the Line of Control. JCO Subedar Chemail Singh was also hit by bullets and died on way to hospital.

On Friday, an Indian army trooper also committed suicide in the Indian-held state. The trooper committed suicide using his service rifle inside a camp stationed at Khrew-Shar near Pampore town of Pulwama district, about 21km south of Srinagar city.

Indian Army stationed in the divided state is reported to be under a lot of stress and strain. Last year, eight cases of suicide were recorded among Indian troops and police. According to human rights activists, over 700,000 Indian Army and paramilitary troops are fighting an anti-India movement in the region.

During the past more than two decades several incidents of suicide and fratricide among the stationed troops were reported. Health experts say continued separation from family, long duty hours, lack of recreational facilities, poor command and control structure were usually found to be behind such incidents.

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