Srinagar: A soldier shot dead five of his colleagues before killing himself Thursday inside a highly fortified camp of the Indian Army in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district, officials said.
Sepoy Ranveer of 4 Kumaon, posted with the counterinsurgency 13 Rashtriya Rifles at the Baramputra camp in Safapora, entered a barrack and opened indiscriminate gunfire on his sleeping colleagues, the officials said.
The surprise assault by the soldier left five of his colleagues dead and another injured. The injured soldier has been removed to the Army’s Badami Bagh cantonment hospital, Srinagar.
“A soldier of the unit who was on sentry duty at Manasbal Garrison opened fire with his service rifle on fellow soldiers who were in a room. This resulted in fatal injuries to five of them and non-fatal injury to another. Subsequently, he committed suicide by firing at himself,” Army spokesman, Lt Col NN Joshi said in a handout.
Army, however, did not cite any reason for the soldier’s extreme action.
The dead soldiers have been identified as Sepoy Surinder Singh of 2 Kumaon, Amit Kumar of 12 Kumaon, Rifleman M R Ajinath of 36 Medical Regiment and Lance Naik Tabaruq Ansari and Rifleman Rajput Joni, both from 278 Field Regiment.
The bursts of gunfire triggered panic in the camp, which is believed to be largest military installation in the Valley after Srinagar’s Badami Bagh cantonment.
Some reports said the accused soldier had heated argument with his colleagues last night.
Meanwhile, Army has ordered a high level enquiry into the incident. The enquiry will be conducted by a Colonel rank officer and he will submit report to the higher authorities.
“Police has been informed of the incident and a FIR is being lodged. Army has ordered a high level inquiry to investigate into the circumstances under which the unfortunate incident occurred,” the Army spokesman added.