The Army has said that Agniveer Amritpal Singh died by suicide by shooting himself while on sentry duty and that military honours were not extended at his funeral as deaths arising out of self-inflicted injuries are not given such honours.
The Army on Sunday asserted that it does not differentiate among soldiers based on whether they joined the force prior to or after the implementation of the Agnipath scheme.
There were allegations that the military honours were not extended to Singh as he was an Agniveer soldier.
The Army’s Nagrota-headquartered White Knight Corps on Saturday said Singh died while on sentry duty in Rajouri sector due to a self-inflicted gunshot injury.
In a statement on Sunday night, the Army said there had been some “misunderstanding and misrepresentation” of facts related to the unfortunate death of Singh.
“It is a grave loss to the family and the Indian Army that Agniveer Amritpal Singh died by suicide by shooting himself while on sentry duty,” the Army said.
“In consonance with the existing practice, the mortal remains, after conduct of medico-legal procedures, were transported under Army arrangements along with an escort party to the native place for the last rites,” it said.
The Army said the Armed Forces do not differentiate between the soldiers who joined prior to or after the implementation of the Agnipath scheme as regards entitled benefits and protocols.
“Unfortunate instances of death arising out of suicide/self-inflicted injury, irrespective of the type of entry, are accorded due respect by the Armed Forces along with deep and enduring empathy with the family,” it said.
“Such cases, however, are not entitled to military funerals as per the extant Army Order of 1967, in vogue. Policy on the subject has been consistently followed ever since, without any discrimination,” it said.