Vishwa Mohan Pillai and Aarti Kumari, the emotionally agitated parents of the Army jawan who committed suicide in Samba on Thursday, now suspect foul play. They have alleged that their son was too strong to give up and kill himself.
“He called up two days back and said he was not treated well and that there is a life threatening situation,” said Mr Pillai. His wife too said her son told her he was in trouble and that nobody could understand his situation.
But the parents also alleged that not just him, even fellow troopers were treated like slaves at the Samba camp.
The jawan who shot himself with his service rifle in the camp of the 16 Light Cavalry at Samba was identified as Arun V hailing from Thiruvananthapuram. The soldier, in his early thirties, had died on the spot.
Expressing serious concern at the ugly face-off between officers and jawans of an armoured corps unit at Samba in J&K after this tragic incident, defence minister A K Antony has directed the Army to submit a “detailed” report on the entire incident.
Antony on Thursday morning had a telephonic conversation with Army chief General Bikram Singh, who is on a visit to the Chandimandir-based Western Command, before he asked for the submission of the report “at the earliest”, said sources.
Earlier, the incident of reported friction between jawans and officers in an Army unit in Samba sector in Jammu and Kashmir found its echo in Rajya Sabha on Thursday with the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seeking to downplay it.
The matter was raised during Zero Hour by CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury who wanted the Defence Minister A. K. Antony to respond. As Mr. Antony was not present in the House, Dr. Singh responded “I request the House not to have a discussion on the subject. This is a very small incident which is being blown out of proportion. It is not good for the morale of our armed forces”.
The CPI (M) members referred to the Samba incident, saying there was breach of discipline in the military camp in the border district. A soldier in the camp had committed suicide, leading to face-off between jawans and officers in the unit.....
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