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Yet another soldier commits suicide

Another soldier kills self with his service rifle in J&K's Poonch district, the third such death in a week. Your take
None | By Indo-Asian News Service, Jammu
UPDATED ON OCT 28, 2006 07:43 PM IST

Yet another Indian Army soldier committed suicide by shooting himself with his service rifle in Jammu and Kashmir's border district of Poonch, the third such "distress" death in a week.

According to officials, Sepoy P John Thomas of 1 Bihar Regiment had recently got posted to the Patti Manga area of the mountainous district of Poonch, close to the Line of Control with Pakistan.

On Friday evening he shot himself with his Insas rifle all of a sudden. He was taken to hospital where he was declared brought dead.

The cause of his act was not immediately known. The army has initiated an inquiry. Poonch's Senior Superintendent of Police SDS Jamwal said that the police have registered a case.

This is third incident of its kind in a week in this area in which soldiers have "opened fire in distress, killing themselves or their colleagues", police said.

The first incident happened on October 21 in Rajouri district in which a soldier killed his three colleagues and injured himself and another. On October 23 a soldier shot dead two colleagues and then killed himself in the same district.

The army has no explanation for these deaths.

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