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Another Indian army trooper snuffs out life: three die by suicides in two days

In another case of suicide among the Indian military stationed in Jammu and Kashmir, an army soldier was found dead in Srinagar on Thursday.

Rifleman Anup Kumar, 28, who was posted on sentry duty at the Badamibagh cantonment was found hanging from the ceiling of the sentry post at the main gate at Batwara with a light machine gun loop.

Kumar hailed from Haryana’s Bhiwani, the officials said, adding that the reason behind his taking the extreme step was not immediately known.

On Wednesday lieutenant colonel Sudeep Bhagat shot himself dead with his service weapon at the Khonmoh depot on the outskirts of Srinagar.

Lt Col Bhagat’s death coincided with an SSB jawan attempting suicide by shooting himself with a rifle in Srinagar’s Bemina locality.

Also on Wednesday, a 24-year-old Army trooper shot himself dead in Rajouri district.

Incidents of suicide and fratricide are not uncommon among the members of the various government forces deployed in Kashmir. But last year, the number of these incidents has shot up for reasons that range from the Covid-19 pandemic to a ban on home leave to family issues and heavy duties.

According to a report between January and August 2020, 18 members of the government forces died by suicide and six died in fratricidal incidents, making a total of 24 such deaths in the period.

In 2019, according to the annual human rights review by the Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS), 19 members of the armed forces reportedly died by suicide while three were killed in a fratricidal incident in Udhampur district.

The total number of deaths by suicide and fratricide for all the 12 months of 2019 was 22.

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