An Indian border guard attempted suicide by shooting himself in Jammu and Kashmir’s summer capital Srinagar on Monday.
The trooper, Gagan Jha, from Sashastra Seema Bal, a border force, shot himself in the neck at a camp in Bemina and was rushed to a nearby hospital.
Jha, doctors at the SK Institute of Medical Science in Bemina, said he “suffered a little injury on the left side of the nape of his neck and is stable”.
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.