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Saturday, 18 March, 2000, 16:16 GMT
Kashmir soldier kills colleagues
Indian patrol
Battle fatigue has been blamed for a spate of killings
Three people have died after a soldier turned his gun on two of his juniors in a police station in Indian-administered Kashmir.

Kashmir Conflict
The soldier, serving with the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force in Soura in Srinagar, later committed suicide.

More than 30 security men have died in such incidents in the state in the last three years.

Some analysts say the incidents reflect battle fatigue amongst the security forces fighting rebels in Indian-administered Kashmir.

But there is also concern over what is seen as growing arrogance and indiscipline among members of the security agencies which have been given extraordinary powers to tackle militancy.

India's defence ministry ordered an inquiry into such incidents two years ago but its findings have not been made public.

In an unrelated incident, police said suspected militants fired grenades at the Srinagar station of the govenment owned televison channel, Doordarshan on Saturday but did not cause any damage.

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