Angry over being ticked off for using cellphone on duty, an army jawan posted in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri sector on Tuesday pumped five bullets into a major, killing him on the spot.
Major Shikhar Thapa belonged to 71 Armoured Regiment but was attached to 8 Rashtriya Rifles, the army’s elite counter-insurgency unit deployed in Uri, close to the Line of Control, an army spokesperson said.
The jawan, whose identity is not known yet, was reportedly found using the phone when Major Shikhar Thapa was carrying out checks around 12.15 am. The jawan was pulled up and warned of being marched up to senior officers next day. During the process of confiscation of the phone, however, its screen broke. This angered the jawan who then resorted to firing at the officer after an argument over the cracked screen.
Sources said a Court of Inquiry has been ordered by the Army.