1. Watch sting video: Indian Army whistleblower jawan Roy Mathew found dead after exposing Sahayk system

Watch sting video: Indian Army whistleblower jawan Roy Mathew found dead after exposing Sahayk system

An Army jawan who had figured in a sting operation by a news website criticising the 'sahayak' (orderly) system last month was found dead in mysterious conditions in an abandoned barrack in Deolali Cantonment in Maharashtra on Thursday.

By: | Updated: March 3, 2017 12:53 PM
Doctors said 33-year-old Mathew, whose body was decomposed, might have died three days ago. (Representative Image: Reuters)

An Army jawan who had figured in a sting operation by a news website criticising the ‘sahayak’ (orderly) system last month was found dead in mysterious conditions in an abandoned barrack in Deolali Cantonment in Maharashtra on Thursday. Roy Mathew, a gunner, was found hanging from the ceiling of a room. Doctors said 33-year-old Mathew, whose body was decomposed, might have died three days ago.

While Army denied having any hand in the death of Roy mathew, Police sources said that the jawan, who had served the Army for around 13 years, 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. Mathew, who had been missing from his artillery unit since February 25, was facing an inquiry after the sting operation was posted online, sources said.

Under the Sahayk system a jawan is expected toserve 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. According to some experts, all armies are structured units where in you have major, captain, sergeant , lieutenant and then the soldiers. Soldiers are the ones that have to carry out all the tasks. Non-Army tasks are all left for the jawans. It has been a sore point since long with the jawans who join the Army for growth and glory.

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    Ashok
    Mar 3, 2017 at 4:26 pm
    Today our Armed Forces and Paramilitary Forces has become one of the most corrupt organisations. Many corrupt practicies are followed on the name of privilidge and traditions. These practices are supported by establishments bith in uniform and civilians as they both meet each other needs. How can after 70 years of independence we can tolerate pre independance ira practicies. Here Armed forces, various governments, civil socities and media all are to be blamed. Why cant they simple pick up rule book of US Army/British Army/ French Army and adopt the same. There is need to be armed forces to be more transparent and media should focues more on their day today operations. There are only very few things which should be clified. This is thr reason our Armed Forces is not able to attaract the right talents both as Officer and Personnel bellow officer. This is a big shame.
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    1. Deepu Kumar
      Mar 3, 2017 at 8:45 am
      Let the fair research and investigation must initiate to bring the truth.
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      1. Shri Soni
        Mar 3, 2017 at 4:37 pm
        I served for two decades without stigma in a public sector undertaking,suddenly one day I found that one who claimed himself "disciplinary authority" alleged that my act of leaving headquarters (for filing a civil writ peion) was a "grave violation" of regulations and therefore it was an act unbecoming of a public servant and therefore it was a "grave misconduct". The mental disposition of those who have umed a guilt in the present death may be examined by a psychologist. Even the hardened psychopaths who kill or torture honest human beings for grotesque pleasure never ever commit suicide
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          robbin
          Mar 4, 2017 at 3:26 am
          No matter what may be said , 15 min fame of @poonamjourno to increase has left after the Sting #RoyMathews dead and a Widow ask her and @QuintNews was the Sting and fame worth it ,don't be judgmental , judiciary , media , Adm are all following Colonial systems and procedures , we speak write dress like colonials there is no problem whyTarget the very people that believe nation first , don't harm the forces just because you want fame or are prejudiced as they are not in open domain @Pooonamjourno you are responsible for what happened you did a sting to make your life at the cost of #RoyMathews SHAME
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            robbin
            Mar 4, 2017 at 3:31 am
            all over the world in forces sahayakas exist under various denominations , just don't say #IndianArmy , is colonial , please get out of the shadows of such beliefs he STING used that very language which is colonial
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            1. Lt Col Prasad S.N
              Mar 3, 2017 at 8:19 am
              Poorly researched article, a Sargeant (a Non Commissioned Officer (NCO))is not an Indian Army officer rank, the equivalent in the Indian Army is a Havildar.
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