Six soldiers of an elite Indian army were shot dead by another member of the force, during a shooting incident in the north-eastern state of Manipur, says the army. (photo, from bbc.co.uk)
After an argument, the soldier from the Assam Rifles elite paramilitary force shot a comrade dead, said a spokesman.
He added that the killer then shot dead five other soldiers who tried to disarm him, before fleeing the scene.
Since 2001, stress is blamed for more than 70 deaths in shooting incidents in India’s armed forces.
During tough counter-insurgency operations, many members of the security forces are denied leave for long periods.
‘Killed all of them’
The latest shooting incident happened at a remote camp in Ukhrul district in Manipur, said army spokesman Major Shamsher Jung.
Major Jung also said the force had launched a huge manhunt to capture the soldier, TS Tangkhul.
When TS Tangkhul got into a heated altercation with another soldier late on Wednesday, the Assam Rifles troops were manning a checkpost on a road at Awang Kasom Khullen in Ukhrul district, he said.
Mr Tangkhul is from the area. He shot dead his colleague and soon found himself surrounded by five soldiers of the unit who tried to disarm him.
“He opened deadly fire and killed all of them”, said Major Shamsher Jung.