Bandipora: A BSF soldier shot his colleague dead by “pumping nine bullets into his body” at the Border Security Force (BSF) Headquarter in Mardar locality of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district on Tuesday.
An official said that “gunshots were heard from the barracks in the middle of the night,” and on inquiry, a head constable Hari Chand, a resident of Kurukshetra, Haryana, was found lying dead in a pool of blood.
The initial investigation by police and BSF has revealed Constable Ravinder Singh of Kupwara to be involved in the incident. In this regard, a case has been registered at Bandipora police station vide FIR NO. 163/2017 under Section 302 RPC. Police officials said that “further investigation will reveal the real cause of the incident which appears to be a fratricide”.
Meanwhile, the postmortem report has revealed 9 bullets marks on the soldier’s body. A medical official said that “9 bullets have been pumped into his body and all the bullets have pierced his vital organs.”
The Bandipora BSF’s 129 BN sector Headquarters where the incident occurred is the biggest in the district and serves as one of the main units in securing Gurez Border, a frequent infiltration zone.
Suicides and fratricides are very common among defence forces stationed in Jammu and Kashmir. According to a report, the government is providing professional psychological counselling to reduce these incidents.
Apart from fratricide, more than 100 cases of suicide are reported every year in the armed forces in J&K.