Indian Army jawan Roy Mathew’s suicide: Family members of the Army jawan, who was found dead under mysterious circumstances in an abandoned barrack in Deolali Cantonment in Maharashtra on Friday, want to know what exactly happened to him. Soldier Roy Mathew figured in a sting operation by a news website criticising the ‘sahayak’ (orderly) system last month. He was among several jawans in Deolali seen in the video which featured soldiers walking dogs of officers and taking their children to school. The sting operation had sparked an uproar against the British-era ‘sahayak system’. The soldier was missing since February 25 and after a week, he was found dead. The bereaved family of the deceased revealed that the soldier was apprehensive after the release of the video and demanded a proper probe to find out the reason for his death. According to the Army, the sting operation caused the soldier to commit suicide. However, the family is unwilling to take the Army’s version and is asking for a deeper probe.
Fini Roy, wife of soldier Mathew, said in talk with news agency ANI that before going missing, he called her and said the TV channels were playing his visuals. She further said the soldier was crying while talking to her. The body of Mathew was found decomposed and the doctors claimed that he might have died three days ago.
The father of Mathew said that they are helpless and asked for an investigation into the entire matter. The man said that they neither have wealth nor any political influence and have no one to help. The bereaved father said he wants to know how his son died.
Under the Sahayak system, a jawan is expected to serve a commissioned officer. Army is the only service where combatants serve officers. While the Army has been planning to end the Sahayak system, it has not done yet.