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    Army probes officer death in range firing - Indian Express


    The Army is conducting a inquiry into the death of a decorated Special Forces officer, who had recently been awarded a gallantry medal, after he was fatally wounded in a range firing accident in Kupwara last month.

    Maj. Surendra Badsara of the 4th Parachute Regiment had been awarded the Sena Medal in January for exceptional gallantry in anti-terror operations in Kupwara. He breathed his last on June 20, more than a month after he suffered a bullet injury during practice firing at the 14 RR range.

    The officer, who belongs to Sikar district in Rajasthan, apparently died after accidental firing from his own weapon at the field range. Officials said that while foul play has been ruled out, an inquiry has been ordered to bring out the sequence of events.

    An Army officer in Srinagar said that the accident took place while the Special Forces unit was practising for an operation after it received hard intelligence on possible militant activity. “Prior to the operation, a rehearsal of the ambush was being conducted,” the officer said. The unit was using live ammunition, and was scheduled to move at short notice, the officer said.