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Indian soldier shoots self dead in J&K’s Samba

Saturday, September 8, 2018

An Indian Army soldier committed suicide by shooting himself with his service rifle inside a camp in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said Saturday.

Naik Jasvir Singh (34), posted with the Punjab regiment, shot himself with his service rifle while on sentry duty at Maheshwar camp on Friday, a police official said.

He said his colleagues rushed to the scene on hearing the gunshot and evacuated him to a nearby medical facility where he was declared brought dead.

The motive behind his taking such an extreme step was not known immediately, the official said, adding inquest proceedings have been initiated in connection with the incident.  

According to a media report, this incident of suicide raised the number of such deaths amongst the Indian troops and police personnel to 406 in Jammu and Kashmir since January 2007 till date.