An armyman was shot dead by one of his colleagues in Ferozepur on Thursday night.
Soldiers of the 62 cavalry unit were going to sleep in their barracks at night when lance dafadar Narinder Singh arrived there and started firing with his AK-47 service rifle at colleague Piyar Chand.
The victim sustained gunshot injuries on the lower abdomen, right arm and shoulder. He was moved to the local army hospital, where he was declared brought dead by doctors. A post-mortem was conducted on Friday.
Narinder is now in the custody of army authorities. He is being interrogated.
Naresh Vij, army public relations officer, confirmed the incident and said the matter had been reported to the local police and the accused had been booked under Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Piyar Chand was a native of Ban Chansai village in Hamirpur district of Himachal Pradesh. Narinder also belongs to Hamirpur district, said Vij. A court of inquiry had been ordered by the army, he added. PURNEA: The Narendra Modi government on Friday got rare praise from its bitterest rival, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, for the Centre’s prompt help to the storm-ravaged state.
Union home minister Rajnath Singh returned the compliment with the promise that the Centre would stand by Bihar in its hour of crisis and extend all possible help on the basis of the state government’s assessment of the devastation in Purnea, Madhepura and other northeastern districts.
Over 50 people died in the storm that scythed through the state on Tuesday night, flattening houses and mango, maize and other crops.
Both leaders appreciated each other’s efforts after an aerial survey of the affected areas along with Union ministers Radha Mohan Singh and Ravi Shankar Prasad and senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi, who was deputy chief minister when Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) was part of the NDA.