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Army major shot dead by jawan over mobile phone rebuke

LiveMint logoLiveMint 18-07-2017 PTI

Srinagar: An army officer was on Tuesday shot dead by a jawan of his unit after he reportedly rebuked him for using his mobile phone at a forward position in Uri sector of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, officials said.

Major Shikhar Thapa was fired upon by a jawan in a fit of rage following an altercation by the soldier on duty at Butcher post in Uri sector, the officials said. Confirming the killing of the officer by the jawan, a defence spokesman said the army and police have started investigations into the incident.

“We are ascertaining details,” the spokesman said without elaborating further.

However, a police official said the altercation between the officer and the jawan took place over the use of mobile phone at the forward post by the latter. Major Thapa rebuked the soldier and warned him about further disciplinary action. Irked by the reprimand, the soldier fired a few shots from his service rifle at the officer, killing him, the official said, adding, the jawan was overpowered by other jawans and disarmed.

Major Thapa hailed from Dharamshala and is survived by his wife and son.

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