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Army Major shot dead by Jawan after dispute over use of mobile phone

By FnF Defence Correspondent | PUBLISHED: 18, Jul 2017, 11:27 am IST | UPDATED: 19, Jul 2017, 20:24 pm IST

Army Major shot dead by Jawan after dispute over use of mobile phone New Delhi: An army major was shot dead late last night allegedly by a jawan after a dispute at a post near Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.

According to the police, Major Shikar Thapa of 8 Rashtriya Rifles, posted at Buchar post near Line of Control, was fired upon allegedly by Naik Kathiresan G after an altercation over some dispute. Major Thapa, cops say, died on the spot.

The reason for the dispute is still not known. Police are investigating the case.

Major Shikhar Thapa of 71 Armed Regiment presently posted with 8 Rashtriya Rifles suffered fatal wounds when a jawan fired two shots from his AK47 rifle from behind.

The jawan was found using the mobile phone while being on duty.  During the duty check, Major Thapa scolded the jawan and warned him about his act.

The phone was damaged when it was being confiscated which angered the jawan. An argument ensued between the officer and the jawan, who then fired two bullets at Thapa from behind.

Army officials have confirmed the fratricidal killing (killing of fellow soldier or superior), saying details were being ascertained.

The army is expected to come out with a statement later in the day.

More details are awaited.

In March, replying to a question in the Lok Sabha, minister of state for defence Subhash Bhamre said there were three cases of fratricide reported from the three defense services last year.