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Special Defence Ministry committee to reduce stress among soldiers in Kashmir

A special committee of the Defence Ministry has been asked to organise special camps to de-stress the soldiers posted in Jammu and Kashmir, where the number of suicide incidents and fratricidal killings or fragging among the army has increased.

Srinagar/New Delhi, May 25 : A special committee of the Defence Ministry has been asked to organise special camps to de-stress the soldiers posted in Jammu and Kashmir, where the number of suicide incidents and fratricidal killings or fragging among the army has increased.

This committee will be organising meditation and yoga camps more frequently in valley, said Minister of State for Defence Pallam Raju, who was here to attend the national integration camp of the National Cadet Corps.

With an army court awarding death sentence to a soldier for killing his senior, the minister today said that vacation period of soldiers, posted in the State, would also be extended "so that they can spend more time with their families".

Satyam Kumar of the Signal Regiment, who has received the death sentence, shot dead Havaldar Padmamrajan by punching 20 bullets in the latter's body on October 28, 2006.

Terming it the rare of the rarest case, the army court said the soldier fired at his senior without any provocation and killed him in cold blood.

This is the second time that the army court has awarded death sentence to a soldier for killing his superior.

In February, an Army court sentenced to death, Sepoy K C Behra for shooting dead Lieutenant Colonel Saket Sharma.

Meanwhile, Kashmiri youths are coming out in huge numbers to join the armed force in the valley.

Nearly 3000 youths submitted their applications in a recent recruitment drive at Rangreth, ignoring the threats from the militants.

ANI

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