SSB solider shoots self dead in J&K’s Kupwara

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Abid Bashir

Srinagar (NVI): A Sahastra Seema Bal (SSB) soldier shoots himself dead with his service riffle at Handwara in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district late last night, officials said today.

A SSB official said that the deceased has been identified as Amit Kumar of 37 Battalion who is a resident of Uttar Pradesh. He took the extreme step inside the camp at Vilgam village of Handwara at around 12 am, the official said, adding an in house inquiry has been launched to find out what forced the solider to take the extreme step.

Today’s incident comes barely after three days when a SSB man posted in Srinagar went missing mysteriously.

According to the officials, the rising incidents of suicides among the security forces in Kashmiris is because of the non-availability of leave due to COVID-19 pandemic, family issues and isolation in their units in the wake of virus which has claimed over 1,300 lives and affected more than 80,000 people in J&K including security forces.