New Delhi: Suicide cases in armed forces are on the rise with official figures pointing to 80 unnatural deaths during the past three years and a concerned Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee asking the services chiefs to immediately probe the causes.
Young Lieutenant Susmita Chakraborty turning an assault rifle on herself at Udhampur is the third case of suicide in the armed forces during the past one month and in many cases close family members of the deceased have alleged foul play.
A young gallantry decorated Captain S. Kohli turned his AK 47 assault rifle on himself while he was posted with a Rashtriya Rifle unit which was actively engaged in counter-insurgency operations in frontier district of Kupwara. Kohli died soon after rejoining his unit after leave and his wife and other family members alleged foul play.
They also met the Defence Minister and the top army brass seeking a fair probe into his death. The inquiry into his death has not yet been made public, but the outcry over the untimely death of the young captain, who had won Shaurya Chakra for brave exploits against militants, made the army top brass to announce that the probe report would for the first time be revealed. The members of the court of inquiry will also available to answer questions from the media