Jawan shoots dead Army Major after officer scolds him for using cellphone in J-K's Uri sector

Major Shekhar Thapa of 8 Rashtriya Rifles was killed by a fellow soldier in Uri sector of the Line of Control, the police said.

Published: 18th July 2017 11:22 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th July 2017 08:50 AM   |  A+A-

Image for representational purpose only.

Express News Service

SRINAGAR: An army jawan shot and killed a major who rebuked him for using his mobile phone while on-duty near the Line of Control (LoC). The incident happened in the Uri sector of North Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Tuesday. Defence sources said major Shikhar Thapa found sepoy naik Kathiresan using a mobile phone while on duty at the Butcher Post, close to the LoC in Uri sector around midnight.

Sources said, “The officer rebuked the jawan and warned him that he would report the matter to the commanding officer. When the officer tried to seize the phone, the jawan resisted and it lead to a heated argument between the two.”

Later, the irate jawan reportedly opened fire at the officer from his AK-47 service rifle. He fired five bullets at major Thapa, who died on the spot after sustaining injuries.

Soon, other soldiers rushed to the spot and overpowered the jawan before disarming him.
Sources said the jawan was taken into custody.

Defence spokesperson in Srinagar, Colonel Rajesh Kalia confirmed the incident. He said that an investigation by the army and police was underway.

Major Shikhar Thapa belonged to the 71 Armoured Regiment of the army. But he was attached to 8 Rashtriya Rifles — the army’s counter-insurgency unit deployed in Uri — when the incident occurred.
An army official said the force is interrogating the jawan to know what led him to commit the act. Asked if the jawan would be handed over to the police or would remain in the army’s custody, an army source said it would be clear in a day or two.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

facebook twitter whatsapp