Soldier kills two colleagues before shooting himself

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jammu
  • Updated: May 25, 2014 23:42 IST

In a fratricide incident, three army personnel died when a jawan shot dead his two colleagues before killing himself at a forward post along the LoC in Poonch on Sunday afternoon. The army has ordered a court of inquiry into the incident.

Informing about it, a defence spokesperson said, “A soldier killed his two colleagues and also killed himself with his service rifle.”

It was second incident of fratricide this year. In February, a soldier shot dead five of his colleagues in their sleep and then killed himself in Srinagar.

According to the police, sepoy Darshan Lal had an altercation with havaldar Ranjit Singh. The police said the heated argument took an ugly turn and Darshan Lal fired at Ranjit Singh. “Subedar Chaman Lal tried to intervene but Darshan shot him as well. Darshan later killed himself.”

All the three were taken to the nearby army hospital where doctors declared them dead.

All the three were residents of Jammu and were deployed with 17 Jammu and Kashmir light infantry battalion. It’s still not certain what triggered the arguments as there were conflicting reports emerging about the incident. Some suggest that Darshan was frustrated over being denied leave, while others say he was under the influence of alcohol.

Last year four army personnel had died in fratricide incidents in the state.

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