Jammu, Dec 01: A lieutenant colonel of the Rashtriya Rifles today allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself with his service pistol in Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir, in yet another case of stress-related problem in forces.
Lt Col Pankaj Jha, posted with the 15 Sector Rashtriya Rifles in Mahore area of Udhampur, fired a shot on his temple in his room at RR headquarters, Senior Superintendent of Police, Reasi, J L Sharma told PTI.
Hearing the gunshot, other personnel rushed to the room to find Jha in a pool of blood. The officer died on the spot, Sharma said.
The reason behind Jha taking the extreme step was not known, he said adding a case has been registered by police and the post-mortem would be conducted later.
Confirming the suicide of the officer, 16 Corps spokesman Col D K Badola said a court of inquiry has been ordered into the incident and reasons would be known only after the report comes in.
This is the fourth incident of an army officer committing suicide this year.
Shaurya Chakra recipient Captain Sumit Kohli committed suicide by shooting himself with his service rifle in Kashmir in March allegedly due to depression resulting from martial discord. Major Shoba Rani, an army doctor attached with IAF in Banglore, took her own life by shooting herself on May 29.
Lieutenant Sushmita Chakerverty committed suicide by shooting herself with the service rifle of a jawan at Northern Command headquarters at Udhampur on June 16.