Army officer charred to death

An army officer belonging to the elite counter-insurgency unit was charred to death when a fire broke out in his camp in Bandipora district of Kashmir, officials said today.

Lt Colonel S Apte, second in command of counter -insurgency 5 Para unit of the army, died after fire engulfed four huts inside the camp in Bandipora, 35 kms from here, last night.

Other army personnel stationed in the camp are safe, the officials said.

A short circuit apparently triggered the fire. Army authorities are probing the incident.

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