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The Border Security Force (BSF) will conduct an inquiry into the death of constable Nitin Koli while he was responding to a ceasefire violation from Pakistan in Machil sector along the Line of Control in Kashmir. Koli (28), who hailed from Dudhgaon village in Miraj tehsil of Sangli district, was deployed at a forward defence location in Machil sector. He was reportedly firing a weapon on Friday evening when there was an explosion in the chamber of an anti-materiel rifle and the recoil struck him. The explosion caused a serious injury to his shoulder and he succumbed in the early hours of Saturday at a medical facility during treatment.
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A senior BSF officer told The Indian Express over phone from Srinagar, “An inquiry is always conducted into any incident where there is loss of life due to some system malfunction. The inquiry will be instituted in this case too. It must be pointed out that there is always a minuscule risk during the use of weaponry. Having said this, the findings of the inquiry will be put to use to ensure that such incidents do not take place in future. He died a martyr while fighting the enemy.”
The family members of Koli were informed that his body would be brought to Pune by Sunday night via Delhi and taken to Islampur town in Sangli by road. The body will be taken to Dudhgaon village early next morning, when the last rites will be performed with full honours. The villagers decided not to celebrate Diwali, and most of the households took down their festival decorations.
Koli’s uncle Vishwas told The Indian Express on Saturday that the constable was planning to take leave and reach home on November 5. The constable’s phone call to wish his family for Diwali turned out to be his last. Koli is survived by his parents Subhash and Suman, wife Sampada and sons Devraj and Yuvraj. He joined the BSF in 2008 after completing school.