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Army to analyse fratricidal killings
November 03, 2006 23:03 IST
The army will adopt a proactive approach to address the issue of fratricidal killings in the force, its chief General J J Singh said on Friday.
"I think we need to take a proactive approach to assess, analyse and address them. We hope to overcome such challenges," Singh said.
Seven such incidents in the last 30 days prompted Singh to recently instruct his top commanders to probe such incidents and come up with corrective measures.
Even on Friday, an Assam Rifles constable gunned down two senior officials.
Army officials said measures like counseling were being institutionalised in all training institutions, and rest and recuperation centres were being set up to help reduce stress levels among troops.
Replying to another query about the growing incidents of suicide in the armed forces, Singh said five cases in the 1.3 million-strong army did not 'reflect that things are wrong'.
"The army is going into the causes of every case and necessary corrections will be done," he said, adding that the force had chalked out short and long-term measures.
They include training to junior leaders on how the best of relations with jawans can be maintained and to reduce the gap between seniors and juniors.
Earlier cases of suicides were the fault of the leadership at the sub-station level, personal problems of the jawans and a certain amount of pressure of operational duties, Singh said.
Some 100 suicides were reported during the past four to five years in insurgency-hit states.
This year too, the number similar to the annual average, he said adding the army was trained to cope with this challenge.