Indian Army jawan Roy Mathew suicide: Citing probe, Manohar Parrikar stays mum

By: | Published: March 5, 2017 7:16 PM

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar refused to make any comment on Indian Army jawan Roy Mathew who was found dead under mysterious circumstances

roy mathew, roy mathew news, roy mathew latest news, roy mathew death, roy mathew suicide, manohar parrikarIndian Army jawan Roy Mathew?s suicide: Fini Roy, wife of soldier Mathew, said before going missing, he called her and said the TV channels were playing his visuals. (ANI)

Indian Army jawan Roy Mathew’s suicide: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar refused to make any comment on Indian Army jawan Roy Mathew who was found dead under mysterious circumstances in an abandoned barrack in Deolali Cantonment in Maharashtra on Friday (March 3). Asked about the death of soldier, Parrikar on Sunday said, “If I make any comment it may impact investigation. Army has made it clear that they also want investigation”. Soldier Mathew figured in a sting operation by a news website where he criticised the ‘sahayak’ (orderly) system in which a jawan is expected to serve a commissioned officer, 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.

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 in a decomposed condition 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.

Meanwhile, a huge crowd bid goodbye to 33-year-old soldier from Kerala on Sunday at his home parish in Ezhukone. Even though the body of Roy Mathew arrived at the capital city airport around 9 am, Saturday morning, it reached his home only around 5:30 pm, as it was taken straight to the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College where another post mortem was conducted, following the demands of his family. The details of the fresh autopsy are awaited. From the hospital the body was taken to the school where he studied near Ezhukone, then his home and finally to St Paul’s Malankara Catholic Church, his parish, and was buried in its graveyard. Hundreds of people paid their last respects to the departed at the school, home and at the church.

(With inputs from IANS)

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