Over 300 suicides by Army jawans in 3 years
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Last Updated: Monday, September 05, 2011, 20:38
New Delhi: A total of 302 suicides by Army jawans have been reported during the last three years and all these cases were investigated by a Court of Inquiry, the government told the Lok Sabha on Monday.

Giving this information in reply to a question on cases of suicide in the Army, Defence Minister A K Antony said in six of these cases, family members of the jawans had levelled charges of murder.

"All six inquiries have been concluded and it has been found that the jawans had in fact committed suicide," he said.

Replying to another question on Defence Framework Agreement, the Minister said, "Defence Cooperation Agreements have been signed with Columbia, Namibia, Vietnam, Russia, Republic of Korea, Ecuador and Mangolia in last three years."

In his reply to a question on rescue efforts which were undertaken after the crash of the helicopter which was carrying former Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Dorjee Khnadu, Antony said, "The crash site was imaged by IAF's Sukhoi-30 aircraft."

The efficacy of such searches and mapping operations depends upon the terrain, weather, availability of coordinates of the area and the size of debris, he said.


First Published: Monday, September 05, 2011, 20:38

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