Security Tightened Ahead Republic Day, Army Jawan Shot Himself Dead
SRINAGAR: Authorities in Indian-Held Kashmir on Monday intensified security and surveillance ahead of India's Republic Day, officials said.
The steps were taken to thwart possible attempts by suspected rebels to disrupt official celebrations, police said.
"Multi-tier security has been put in place across the Jammu and Kashmir (Indian-Held Kashmir) in the run up to the Republic Day," the region's topmost police official K Rajendra told media.
Security has been heightened around important locations and offices.
"Sensitive locations like airport, railway stations, military establishments, police stations, important offices like secretariat in both Srinagar and Jammu, etc., have been put under security blanket and are under constant surveillance," a police official said.
In another event, an Indian army jawan killed himself with his own service rifle accidentally inside a camp in Kulgam district of south Kashmir, a police official said on Monday.
Naik Nek Ram of 18 Dogra Regiment, who was posted with 62 Rashtriya Rifles, was hit in the head by a bullet from his service rifle last evening, the official said.
He said the jawan was rushed to District Hospital Kulgam where he succumbed to injuries.
Although preliminary investigations revealed that the service rifle of the deceased jawan had went off accidentally, police have started inquest proceedings under section 174 CrPC to ascertain the cause of Ram’s death.
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