The armyman was identified as Rakesh Kumar Sharma, 28, and he was admitted to a nearby hospital at Akhnoor from where he was later shifted to the Government Medical College and Hopsital in Jammu. Sharma was referred to the military hospital inn Jammu on Wednesday evening. Doctors attending him said he had suffered from "evisceration of eyeballs".
Police said Sharma was found in an unconscious state in a nullah along the Jammu-Poonch national highway in Chowki Chowra area with his eyes gouged out.
Police added that Sharma was attached with 11 Rashtriya Rifles at Kishtwar and was on a leave. He had reportedly left Nowshera by bus on April 1 to join the duty.
It was also learnt that Sharma had spoken to his family members from Jammu at 2 am on Wednesday. He reportedly had a dispute with a driver of a private passenger vehicle. Sharma had also informed the police that he had some argument with a village man.
Akhnoor police were probing the incident. The victim's statement could not be taken for he was not on a position, said Nowshera police sources.
Defence public relations officer Col R K Palta said Sharma was on leave till March 31 and had requested a 15-day extension which was granted.