Army regular found dead in SAF training area

AN army regular was found dead in the Singapore Armed Forces training area in Lentor on Tuesday, said the Defence Ministry.

In a statement released on Tuesday night, Mindef said First Warrant Officer (1WO) Rajendran Pachemuthu,51, was found hanging from a rope in the Lentor training area by two civilian contractors who were maintaining SAF training equipment.

There was no SAF training conducted in the area in the last two days, Mindef added.

The contractors reported the incident to Master Warrant Officer Ong Chin Sai, a commander from Engineers Training Institute, who headed to the site and made a police report at 12:20 pm.

Five minutes later, Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) and SAF ambulances arrived on site.

"1WO Rajendran was unconscious and without pulse, and the SCDF paramedic pronounced 1WO Rajendran dead on site," said Mindef.

The ministry said it has extended its deepest condolences to 1WO Rajendran's family and is assisting them during their time of grief.

The police are investigating.