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Another suicide in Indian armed forces posted in Kashmir: 5 deaths in 9 days

In yet another suicide in the Indian military posted in Jammu and Kashmir, a paramilitary trooper shot himself dead in central Budgam district, officials said on Thursday.

Police said Central Reserve Police Force constable Amar Jyoti of 79 battalion was found dead late on Wednesday.

Jyoti, a resident of India’s Kerala, shot himself with his service rifle inside a CRPF camp in Budgam, police said, adding he died instantaneously after shooting himself.

“The exact reason that led to the constable taking the extreme step is being investigated after an FIR was lodged in the incident,” police said.

This is the fifth suicide in the armed forces stationed in the disputed region in the past
nine days.

On Monday, an Indian army trooper who found dead, while he was posted to guard the Line of Control, which divides Jammu and Kashmir between India and Pakistan. Trivedi Prakash of 6 Rashtriya Rifles shot himself with his service rifle in Kupwara’s Keran sector and reports had ruled out his death due to Line of Control cross-firing.

Last week, there were three suicidal deaths in the Indian army alone. While a Lt Colonel rank officer killed himself in a camp in Khonmoh, a sentry posted to guard the largest garrison in Badami Bagh, was found hanging with a light machine gun loop inside his post. On Wednesday last week, a 24-year-old army trooper shot himself dead in the Rajouri district.

Incidents of suicide and fratricide are not uncommon among the members of the 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, 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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