Indian soldier sentenced to death for killing superior

An Indian soldier has been sentenced to death for killing his superior in Indian-administered Kashmir last year. Satyam Kumar was convicted by a court martial of shooting dead his guard commander, Havildar Padmarajan. Another soldier was injured in the incident.

A defence spokesman said sentence was passed on 18 May and approved by the Ministry of Defence. Kumar can appeal.

He is the second Indian soldier in three months to be sentenced to death for killing his officer in Kashmir.

Although India has capital punishment, death sentences are reasonably rare – and even more rarely carried out.

- BBC (26 May, 2007)

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