In a recent incident at the Bhuj Air Force Station in Gujarat, India, a 23-year-old Indian Air Force (IAF) Garud Commando, Yogeshkumar Mahato, tragically took his own life. The incident occurred in the early hours of November 16 while Mahato was on night duty. Preliminary investigations suggest that financial difficulties and personal issues, including concerns over his mother’s deteriorating health back in Jharkhand, were factors leading to this tragedy.
Yogeshkumar Mahato, hailing from Jharkhand, was serving in the IAF’s elite Garud Commando Force, a unit specializing in the protection of vital air force bases, counter-terrorism, and various critical operations. Police reports indicate that Mahato shot himself in the head with his service pistol.
After the incident, Mahato’s senior officer, Mahendra Pratap Singh, rushed him to GK General Hospital, where he was unfortunately pronounced dead. Mahato held the rank of Leading Aircraftsman (LAC) and was an integral part of the IAF’s special forces. This unfortunate event has cast a somber mood over the Air Force community, highlighting the challenges faced by those serving in demanding and stressful roles.