A Lance Naik of the 73 Mountain Brigade was shot dead by an Army jawan following a heated argument at the Laipuli Army brigade headquarters in Tinsukia district.
According to sources, the incident took place at around 1.15 am on Saturday.
Police said the deceased Army man, identified as Lance Naik Sanjay Chand, was shot dead by Rajendra Prasad, an Army jawan, who was later taken into custody by the police.
Both the Army personnel are from Uttarakhand.
The officer-in-charge of Tinsukia police station, Pranjal Baruah said, “At around 5 am, we received a phone call from a Major of the 73 Mountain Brigade, informing about a firing incident inside the camp.”
“We were told that Lance Naik Sanjay Chand was shot dead by another jawan, identified as Rajendra Prasad.”
“Immediately, a police team rushed to the spot and took the accused jawan into custody. One INSAS assault rifle and 20 spent cartridges were seized from the possession of the Army jawan,” the police officer said.
The accused Army jawan is currently being interrogated at the police station, Baruah said.
Tinsukia superintendent of police Debojit Deuri said, “There was an incident of fratricide at the Laipuli Army camp today morning in which one Army man was killed by a fellow jawan. We are investigating the incident and the accused army man has been arrested.”
The body of Lance Naik Sanjay Chand has been sent for post-mortem at the Tinsukia civil hospital.