Soldier Allegedly Shot Himself Dead With His Own Service Rifle


Srinagar: An Army Jawan allegedly shot himself dead with his service rifle while on duty in Surfraw area of Kangan in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district last night.

A police official identified the deceased as Havaldar Rajpal Singh son of Roop Singh resident of Kanpur UP.

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According to the official, the soldier took the extreme step while he was on duty at his unit in Surfraw camp housing 24 Rashtriya Rifles.

He said the soldier’s colleagues rushed to help him after they heard the sound of gunshot. “He was lying dead,” said the official.

Mobile Internet service was suspended in Srinagar and Budgam districts early Saturday after a youth run over by a CRPF vehicle yesterday succumbed to his injuries.Kaiser Ahmed, 21, was ploughed down by the Central Reserve Police Force vehicle in the old city area of Nowhatta during protests on Friday.Ahmed was admitted to Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), here. He succumbed to critical internal injuries early on Saturday.Internet services in Srinagar and Badgam districts have been suspended as a precautionary measure, a police officer said.The speed of broadband Internet connections have also been brought down to prevent uploading of “provocative posts and pictures.”

Rail services between north Kashmir’s Baramulla and the Bannihal town in Jammu region were suspended for the day.Separatists have called for a general strike against civilian killings and desecration of the grave of Hizbul commander Sameer Tiger allegedly by the government forces.While shops, other businesses remained closed and public transport remained off the roads at most places, three-wheelers and private transport was seen plying in the uptown and city outskirts.