IRB jawan commits suicide, fellow soldiers shocked

  • HT Correspondent, None, Hoshiarpur
  • Updated: Jan 25, 2015 18:33 IST

An Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) constable posted on protection duty in Police Recruits Training Centre (PRTC) Jahan Khelan, shot himself dead with a self loading rifle (SLR) on Sunday.

28-year-old Jatinder Singh, who hailed from Amritsar, was deputed in PRTC about two months ago. He had returned from night duty at 4 am and had retired in his barrack.

Around 10.30 am, his inmates were jolted on hearing a gunshot. When they looked around, they saw Jatinder lying in a pool of bed.

The bullet, after crossing his head, hit the nearby wall. Senior officials reached the site and enquired but those present on the spot could not divulge any detail.

PRTC commandant R K Bakshi said that Jatinder had never displayed signs of mental stress and was doing his duty well.

"We are waiting for his family. Maybe they'll be able to shed some light on why he took such a drastic step," Bakshi added. He revealed that the deceased had come to the training centre about two months ago.

Deputy superintendent of police (city) Satish Kumar said that they are already started the investigations. "We have initiated inquest proceedings but if something comes out in investigation, we will proceed accordingly," he said.

The body was taken to the civil hospital for a post mortem. Till the time of filing of the report, the deceased's family had not arrived.

Meanwhile a murder convict Makhan Singh, 30, undergoing sentence in district jail, died this morning apparently due to severe cold. Around 10 am, when an inmate asked him to get up to have tea, he did not respond.

Jail administration was sounded which sent the youth to civil hospital but the doctors declared him brought dead. He belonged to city's Gujjarpur locality. The body was handed over to the kin after a post mortem.

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