Soldier kills officer on LoC over mobile phone row

The Indian Army jawan was told by the Major to not use a cellphone during his duty in a sensitive area in Kashmir a source said

An Army officer of the Rashtriya Rifles has been shot dead by a jawan in Uri sector of Jammu and Kashmir, says ANI.

According to a Hindustan Times report, the army officer - whose identity is not known yet - killed Major Shikhar Thapa after he reprimanded the officer for using a cell phone on duty in Kashmir.

Major Thapa of Rashtriya Rifles died on the spot. The incident is being called a case of fratricide, which means the killing of a fellow soldier or superior.

The incident took place approximately at 2145 on 17 July, officials said.

The phone was damaged while being confiscated, which led to an argument after which the jawan shot the officer with his AK-47 rifle at around 12.15am. When the phone was snatched from him, the jawan allegedly shot Major Thapa five times, killing him instantly.

In response to a question in the Lok Sabha in March, Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre had said that three cases of fratricide were reported in the defence services in 2016.

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