Kochi: Mystery shrouds the death of a top
official of the Southern Naval Command S S Jamwal, who died
today after a bullet pierced his skull, with the police
suspecting suicide but the navy describing it as a case of
51-year-old Rear Admiral Jamwal, Chief of Staff of the
Southern Naval Command, the second ranked naval officer here,
was at the training establishment`s small arms firing range of
`INS Dronacharya` when the accidental firing occurred around
1030 Hours, naval spokespersons said.
The Navy has ordered an investigation into his death
but it was tightlipped about how the accident occurred.
A case of `unnatural death` has been registered and
top police sources said on condition of anonymity that it
appeared to be a case of suicide. Family problems could be
behind it, they said.
The body of Admiral Jamwal, a highly accomplished
officer, was shifted to a hospital and further probe is in
However, the local naval establishment dismissed
reports of suicide as speculative.
"If the Chief of Staff wants to commit suicide he need
not go to the firing range. He was accompanied by his
entire staff including the staff of Dronacharya. It was an
official, planned visit to a firing range to check the
progress of training.
"He was accompanied by his full staff including the
Executive Officer of Dronacharya, the firing officer, head of
the range, everyone present," Commodore Ajayakumar told