Two days after a BSF jawan committed suicide by shooting himself with his service weapon at Srinagar, a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Sub-Inspector shot himself at high security Maulana Azad Stadium in Jammu on Tuesday afternoon.
The deceased SI has been identified as Babu Lal of A-Company of CRPF's 68 Battalion, resident of Revari Haryana.
"Babu Lal was in his tent not in uniform, when he shot himself with his service weapon," SHO police station Nowabad said under whose jurisdiction the stadium falls.
"The Jammu's MA stadium, which has been prepared for the Republic Day function is a high security zone and extra deployment of security have been called, so after hearing the gun shot many police and CRPF personnel started running towards the spot and found the deceased in a pool of blood," police said.
"The body of the SI was immediately shifted to the mortuary of the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMC&H) Jammu but the reasons behind the incident are not yet known and a case under section 174 RPC (Inquest Proceedings) has been registered," the area police added.
The stress in uniform is on increase in Jammu and Kashmir from last over a year and several persons related to uniform forces including CRPF, BSF and Army committed suicide with their service weapons at duty hours or at their official accommodations.
Earlier, in the intervening night of December 31, 2006 and January 1, 2007, Army personnel killed his colleague at Kaluchak in Jammu outskirts by shooting him over a petty matter.
On December 1, 2006 a Lieutenant Colonel of the Army committed suicide by shooting himself with his service weapon at Mahore in Udhampur. This was the first incident of its kind in which an army officer of the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in Jammu and Kashmir had committed suicide.
A similar incident of suicide by a female 25-year-old Army Lieutenant Sushmita Chakraborthy of Bhopal occurred on June 16, 2006 when she shot herself at Udhampur, where she was posted in the officer's mess of the 5071 Army Service Corps (ASC).
A postgraduate in Chemistry, Sushmita was reportedly not happy with her job. Lower rank Army personnel and security forces mostly commit suicide after denial of leave applications. However, in case of the high rung officers the reasons were not found but reports suggest they were not satisfied with their jobs.
The stress among the security personnel at times also became security problem at VIP places like on April 02, 2006. After apparently being denied leave, a CRPF soldier identified as Anand Kumar Singh opened indiscriminate fire on his colleagues at the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad's official residence at Jammu, killing three. The dead included company commander and two head constables of CRPF. The accused soldier was later arrested.
Later on April 20, 2006, an Inspector, Chander Paul (40) of Bulandshaher in Uttar Pradesh of the Border Security Force (BSF) committed suicide by hanging himself in his room inside a training centre at Srinagar.
On January 25, 2006, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) constable Avtar Chand gunned down four of his colleagues injuring one critically inside a heavily guarded CRPF (96 Battalion) camp housed in Firdous Cinema in downtown Srinagar. After entering into a verbal brawl with one of his colleagues, Avtar reportedly went berserk and opened fire.
He was later overpowered and arrested. As stress in uniform has become an official truth, various security agencies in Jammu and Kashmir have now engaged counsellors and psychologists as stress buster for their officers and security personnel. Besides the use of meditation, body exercises and yoga are also experimented.