A Junior Commissioned Officer on Saturday allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan in his barrack on the outskirts of the city, the third such incident involving armymen in Jammu region in eight days.

Naib Subedar V. S. V. Naidu committed suicide at a military station in Domana area, Defence Ministry spokesman Lt Col Biplab Nath told PTI.

He said that the reason behind Naidu taking the extreme step is not known immediately. The JCO had rejoined duty recently after a three-month leave.

A court of inquiry has been ordered by the Army authorities in this regard, he said.

This is third suicide by army personnel in the region in the past eight days and all of the three had returned after availing long leave.

JCO Naib Subedar Ganga Ram of 49 Rashtriya Rifles committed suicide by shooting himself at an army barrack in Mendhar belt of Poonch district on March 19.

Sepoy Raghubir Singh, posted at the forward defence location at Jallas near the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district, committed suicide while on duty on March 21.