BSF jawan's death stirs controversy



Dharamshala (Sep 25): A controversy has cropped up over the death of a BSF jawan while he was on duty on the India-Pakistan border near Barmer in Rajasthan. His body was cremated with state honour at his native village on Sunday.

BSF authorities said Ravi Kumar (40), a resident of Lipyana village, had allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself. However, his family members said he attained martyrdom while serving on the border in Rajasthan. His body, wrapped in the Tricolour, was brought to his native village, where it was consigned to flames with full state honour.

Kangra tehsildar Bal Krishen Choudary said that the family members expressed apprehensions that the jawan did not bear any
injury marks round his neck so there was no question of his committing suicide by hanging. Bhupender Singh Negi, SDPO, Jawali, who attended the last rites, said the postmortem report which was shown by the BSF personnel to him in presence of the family members indicated death due to suicide by hanging. He said the family members demanded an inquiry. The jawan is survived by wife Ranjna Kumari and two daughters.

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