Is Pandemic Cause of New Spurt In CRPF Suicides in Kashmir?

Srinagar: Amid Covid-19 pandemic, suicide and fratricidal incidents among Indian occupational forces especially paramilitary CRPF men have shown an upward trend in the Kashmir Valley with ban on availing leave to go home and meet families being cited one of the major reasons for suicidal tendencies among forces personnel.

On Monday morning, an Indian occupational CRPF personnel committed suicide by shooting himself dead with his service riffle at his unit in Pantha Chowk area of Srinagar. “An inquiry has been ordered to find out the reason that led him to take this extreme step,” a CRPF official said. Today’s incident came just three days after a CRPF man posted at a hotel in Dalgate area of Srinagar ‘accidentally’ shot himself with his service riffle. He was critically injured and is battling for life at Army’s 92 base hospital in Srinagar.

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