An army soldier posted at the Mamun Cantonment area in Pathankot allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself with his service rifle on Sunday, police said.

31-year-old Sepoy Subhash Prasad (31), a resident Siwan district in Bihar, was serving in the 68 Engineering Division and was presently deputed as a sentry in the cantonment area, SSP Rakesh Kaushal said.

He is survived by two sons and a daughter.

After hearing the gunshot, the soldier’s colleagues rushed to the spot and found him lying in a pool of blood, the SSP said.

A case has been registered at the Mamun Cantonment police station and the army has ordered a court of inquiry in the matter, Mr Kaushal said.