India martyrs a youth in Kupwara, another Indian soldier commits suicide

Wednesday – March 10, 2021
SRINAGAR (India): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), Indian troops in their fresh act of State terrorism martyred one Kashmiri youth in Sopore town of Baramulla district, Tuesday, while on the other hand another Indian soldier committed suicide in Kupwara district.

According to Kashmir Media Service (KMS), the Indian troops martyred the youth identified as Ghani Khawaja during a cordon and search operation (CASO) in Tujjer area of the town. The operation was going on till reports came in.

The troops also launched a CASO in Kreeri area of the district. The troops sealed all exit points in Kreeri and closed all roads leading to the area.

Meanwhile, at least 20 shops and two houses were gutted in a devastating fire in the main market of Nihama in South IIOJK’s Kulgam district, Tuesday. Officials told media that the fire broke out in a shop in Nihama.

On the other hand, in IIOJK, an Indian soldier committed suicide in Kupwara district, Tuesday.

The soldier, Trived Prakash, committed suicide by shooting himself with his service rifle at an army camp in Kachhal area of the district.

The investigation has begun to ascertain the reasons behind the extreme step.

The latest incident raised the number of such deaths among Indian troops and police personnel in the occupied territory to 494 since January 2007.

Earlier on Thursday, three Indian soldiers, including a lieutenant colonel (Lt.Col.), committed suicide in a span of 24-hours in the occupied territory.

The extreme step taken by Lt.Col. Sudeep Bhagat and other Indian soldiers in a span of few days shows the increasing level of depression and demoralisation in the Indian army.

As per Indian defence ministry, during last one decade, over 901 Indian army, 40 Indian navy and 182 Indian airforce (IAF) personnel committed suicide. One of the main reasons behind the highest suicide rate in the Indian army is their deployment in conflict zones like IIOJK and North Eastern states.

Experts also cite poor leadership, callous attitude of seniors and the denial of leave for long hauls as reasons for alarming suicidal tendencies among Indian forces.

It is also said that increasing suicides among Indian forces are because of institutional deficiencies and workplace ill-treatment leading to stress and trauma.

Realisation of fighting a futile war against a hostile public is also cited as a reason behind rising suicide tendency among Indian forces in IIOJK.

Indian military leadership/government has failed to address issues relating to suicides among their officers and soldiers.