Late Monday an army jawan posted in Jammu and Kashmir shot his major Thapa who rebuked him for using a cell phone on duty. Army Major Shikhar Thapa who was under the 71 armoured regiment was shot dead by a jawan owing to the fact that he reprimanded him of using his smartphone.
Naik Kathiresan of the 8 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) near to the line of control was attached to the counter-insurgency unit 8 Rashtriya rifles when Thapa pulled him off for using his mobile phone during a sensible duty and said that he might report him to the commander.
The army jawans are more likely to be exposed to a truculent fire and might be discouraged at forwarding posts. “The light flashes on your face and can give away your position,” – said an army official.
The seized mobile phone was damaged in the process, falling out towards a disputation. “The major was shot from behind with two bursts of fire,” – said the sources.
A spokesman from the Indian Army said that the police and army are on a serious probe into the matter. Thapa who joined the Army in 2011, is backed by his wife Suvida and a little son aged 3 years. Shikhar Thapa was in the regiment for about 2 years.
In the previous year, Kathiresan’s unit was in the news after it lost its 10 soldiers. The ill-fated incidents have sparsed the army over the last 10 years. In the past years, the Defense Ministry had told the government that financial problems and depression might be the culprit behind such evictions.
While the government has taken a wide range of measures against fratricide, professional counseling and has held workshops that features yoga and wellness programs. Keeping aside fratricide, over 100 cases of suicide have been registered in the armed forces.