Lankan Military Spokesperson, Brig. Ruwan Wanigasuriya told The Nation that 400 military personnel had died during the said period due to various reasons, ranging from illness to homicide.
The latest incident was reported when Major Nalin Sampath Kumara (37) attached to the 8th Gajaba Regiment, Saliyapura Army Camp, committed suicide following a personal dispute.
The major was reported to have been having a love affair with a 17-year-old schoolgirl from Kamburupitya for nearly five months. According to the Police, the incident had occurred when the Major had a meeting with the father of the girl to discuss marriage. The father had rejected the proposal. Thereafter, a heated argument ensued and the angered Major had run to his double cab, taken a hand grenade and pulled the pin. The father and daughter did not sustain injuries and the police had recorded their statements.
Wanigasuriya said military personnel were allowed to carry pistols, but not hand grenades. Investigations are proceeding to uncover how the hand grenade was in the double cab.