Six Army soldiers killed as colleague opens fire on them in Ganderbal

Ganderbal: Five Army soldiers were killed when one of their colleagues allegedly open fire on them at a camp in Jammu and Kashmir’s Ganderbal district on Thursday. The soldier then fired himself taking the total death toll to six. Another soldier was critically injured.

The incident happened apparently due to tension that builds up among soldiers doing their duties in unfriendly conditions. Experts say that tension may also build up due to long periods of separation from families and lack of recreational facilities.

Official sources said that the six soldiers died on the spot while the injured was rushed to an Army hospital in summer capital Srinagar. Initial reports suggest that the incident took place at an encampment of 13th battalion of Rashtriya Rifles at Manasbal Safapora area on Srinagar – Bandipora road.

Reports say that the incident happened at midnight and the victims were sleeping when their colleague opened fire on them. An official inquiry has reportedly been ordered to investigate the incident.

The slain soldiers have been identified as Amit Kumar of 12 Kumaon, Lance Naik Tabruq Ansari of 278 Field Regiment, Sepoy Surinder Singh of 2 Kumaon, Rifleman M R Ajinath of 36 Medical Regiment and Rifle Man Rajput Joni of 278 Field Regiment.