Trooper dies by suicide in north Kashmir

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An army trooper ended his life by shooting himself dead in Keran area along the Line of Control in Kupwara district last night, official sources said on Thursday.

They said, the trooper  Lokinder Singh Thakur, posted with army’s 6RR, a resident of Madhya Pradesh, fired from own service weapon at a post in Keran last night at about 2230 hours. Although he was immediately shifted in serious condition to nearby army health facility, they said, the doctors there declared him brought dead on the arrival. It was not immediately known as to why the trooper  took the extreme step, the official sources told GNS. His body has been shifted to SDH Kupwara for postmortem and connected medico-legal formalities, they said.

A defence ministry spokesman based in Srinagar, when contacted by GNS about the incident, feigned ignorance about the incident. “I will check the details,” he said. (GNS)

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