Police pursuing suicide line in Rear Admiral`s death
Police continued to investigate the possibility that Rear Admiral S S Jamwal may have committed suicide although the navy has maintained it is an accidental death.
Kochi: Police continued to investigate the
possibility that Rear Admiral S S Jamwal may have committed
suicide although the navy has maintained it is an accidental
Police sources said that the bullet that fatally hit
Jamwal in a naval firing range here yesterday entered his head
just above his right ear and exited just above the left ear,
strengthening police suspicion it could be a suicide.
Police is investigating the case as unnatural death and
said they were looking into two theories--suicide and
51-year-old Jamwal, Chief of Staff of the Southern
Naval Command and the second ranked officer of the training
centre, had a bullet entry wound one cm above his right ear
and exit wound 3 cm above the left ear, the sources said.
The injuries would be at an `oblique` angle if it was
an accident and the chances of survival would be more, they
said. A post-mortem was done on the body today.
Two `important eyewitness` were questioned the police
said. But they claimed they had not noticed how he handled
"We will interrogate them further within 2 days to get
a clear picture", the sources said.
The Navy has maintained that the Rear Admiral, second
most important officer in the Southern Naval command, had died
in `accidental firing` as a pistol he was inspecting
accidentally went off at the INS Dronacharya, the navy`s
Training establishment yesterday.
Meanwhile, the funeral of Admiral S S would be
held with military honours tomorrow at a corporation
crematorium at nearby Thoppumpady.
The 10th day ceremony would be conducted in Jammu
Tawi, his hometown on July 16, and the 13th day ceremonies
on July 19, the navy said in a press release.
The body of the officer was handed over to the family
by police after the post mortem examination at the Alapuzha
medical college hospital.