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Indian soldier shoots dead Major over use of mobile phone

KASHMIR: An Indian soldier killed his senior colleague after the latter caught him using a mobile phone while on duty in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.

Local media reports said Major Shikhar Thapa, posted with the 8 Rashtriya Rifles, an Indian army’s elite counterinsurgency unit, was shot dead in Uri sector by a colleague following altercation over using mobile phone on duty.

Uri sector is close to the restive Line of Control (LoC) which divided the Himalayan region between the Pakistan and India occupied Kashmir.

Police and army officials are further investigating the matter. The identity of the shooter had not been disclosed.

The soldier fired five bullets at the army officer using his AK-47 rifle after heated exchange between the two. Thapa caught the murderer using mobile phone in the sensitive border area and threatened to report him to seniors.

The officials have also recovered a damaged cellphone from the crime scene.  The Indian army is yet to officially comment on the matter.

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