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Indian soldiers go crazy in Kashmir

November 5 2006
12:49

Guide Sun India ordered an investigation into several cases, when the soldiers turned their weapons against their colleagues in the breakaway Indian province of Kashmir.

Over the past 10 days, four soldiers fired at his colleagues, then committing suicide. During the Hindu festival of Diwali, which most Indians spend with families, the soldiers shot the four other soldiers in Kashmir, and then shot himself. The army did not provide any reasons for firing, but the television broadcast that the soldier was not allowed to spend a holiday with his family.

The military said that apart from free access to weapons, stay in the place of riots affect the mental state of soldiers. More than a dozen militant groups fighting Indian security forces in Kashmir since 1989, demanding independence for the Himalayan territory, where the majority of the population are Muslims.

India has deployed over 700,000 soldiers in Kashmir - on the border with Pakistan and in the rebel towns and villages. Soldiers patrolled the streets and searched by citizens. Kashmiri residents hate the troops, which is regularly accused of human rights violations.

Living in an atmosphere of hatred affects the soldiers, said army representatives. On the military attitude also affects violation of the traditional way of life in which men still live with their parents even after marriage and the birth of children, reports the BBC.

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