Army Major shot dead by jawan in J&K

Pablo Tucker
July 18, 2017

The army confirmed the officer's killing by a fellow soldier in the Uri region, which lies close to the Line of Control between Indian- and Pakistan-controlled Kashmir. When the phone was snatched from him, the jawan allegedly shot Major Thapa five times, killing him instantly.

Major Thapa belonged to 71 Armoured Regiment but was attached to 8 Rashtriya Rifles, the army's elite counter-insurgency unit deployed in Uri, where 19 soldiers were killed in a fidayeen (suicide) attack by militants in previous year September. Further details are still awaited.

The army and police were investigating the incident, the spokesperson said.

Media reports say the soldier was told off for using a phone while on duty, and the device was confiscated.

The army also came under fire for tying a man to the front of an army vehicle and using him as a human shield during polling in Indian-administered Kashmir.

The killed soldier was at the post of Army Major.

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