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Gwalior: IAF personnel shoots self with service rifle; probe underway

Gwalior: An Indian Air Force (IAF) personnel committed suicide by shooting himself with his service rifle in Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh on Monday, a police official said.

The air force jawan was identified as Jasvant Singh, a resident of Punjab. He was posted as a sentry (guard) at Maharajpura Air Force Station in the district, as reported by news agency ANI.

The incident occurred when Singh was posted on a duty at watch tower at Maharajpura and it came to light when another sentry went to resume his duty.

He said he saw Jasvant lying lifeless on the stairs of the watchtower and informed higher officials.

City Superintendent of Police Ravi Bhadauria said, “The Maharajpura police on Monday received information that an Air force jawan had committed suicide while on duty on Sunday night. The police reached the spot and found the jawan lying dead on stairs, with his service rifle resting on his chest.

“The post-mortem has been conducted and an investigation is underway to ascertain why the soldier took his own life,” Bhadauria said, adding that no suicide note was recovered from the spot.

The jawan’s family members were informed about the incident, the SP said, adding that the investigators are hoping to gather more leads on the case once his kin reach Gwalior.

(With inputs from agencies)

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