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Army to investigate 7 fratricidal murders

india Updated: Nov 01, 2006 23:29 IST
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Senior army commanders have been instructed to investigate each of the seven fratricidal killings in one month and to come up with corrective measures, Army chief, JJ Singh, said on Wednesday.

"We are concerned over the rising number of such incidents especially in counter insurgency areas and suitable measures are being institutionalised. I have conveyed my personal instructions to the commanders on the subject and told them to assess each incident," Singh said.

Since last year as many as 12 cases of fratricidal killings have rocked army, mostly in formations engaged in battling terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir. There have been no such cases reported among troops posted on the Line of Control.

"Though a court of inquiry is instituted in every case of death in the army. But now under Army chief's instructions every case is being probed and studied deeply," a senior army officer said.

On an emergency basis, 50 counsellors are being trained, 40 to be despatched to formations in Northern Command, which encompasses Jammu and Kashmir, and 10 to Eastern Command.