Burhan Wani aftermath: Indian Soldiers continue to suicide in Kashmir

Srinagar: An Indian Army soldier committed suicide by shooting himself dead in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, a police officer told media on Thursday.

Observers link the increase of suicides in Indian Army with the current Kashmir unrest which erupted after the pro-freedom protests in every nook and corner of Jammu & Kashmir aftermath martyrdom of popular commander of Hizbul Mujahideen Burhan Wani in an encounter with Indian forces on July 8 last month.

The officer said  that Lance Naik Sham Narayan (156186) was found in pool of blood at Zachaldara camp by his colleagues who rushed to the spot on hearing the gunshots. They rushed him to nearby medical unit inside the cam and a doctor who attended upon him declared him dead.  The reason for the soldier to commit the suicide could not be ascertained immediately.

Recently another Indian army soldier committed suicide by shooting himself at Machil sector of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on July 30.

The trooper was identified as Ravindra Singh of 57 RR shot himself dead inside the camp.

Few days before another Indian army soldier committed suicide by shooting himself with his service rifle in Keran sector of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on 22nd July. The soldier was identified as Sepoy, Ajay Singh (belt no. 4094788X) of 7 Gadhwal posted at Narthal camp along Line of Control (LoC) in Keran sector.

Indian media quoting Indian defence ministry has reported that as many as 597 military personnel committed suicide in 5 years between 2009 and 2013. Among the total 394 suicide cases, 96 were reported in 2009, 115 in 2010, 102 in 2011 and 81 in 2012.

From 2009 to 2015, 597 armed forces personnel committed suicide—498 from the army, 83 from the air force and 16 from the navy, 108 in 2014, 69 in 2015.

In 2003, 96 Army men committed suicide.

In 2004, 100 took their lives.

In 2005, the number was 92.

In 2006,  131 personnel committed suicide.

While the figure for suicides stood at 142 in 2007, it climbed to 150 in 2008.

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