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Soldier in viral video found dead; Army questions website role

MUMBAI/NEW DELHI: A 33-year-old jawan, who purportedly figured in an expose by a news portal on the orderly system in the army, was found dead in Maharashtra’s Deolali and army today appeared to blame the website for driving him to commit “suicide”.

Roy Mathew, a resident of Ezhukon in Kollam district of Kerala, was missing since February 25 and his decomposed body was found hanging from the ceiling in an abandoned barrack in Deolali cantonment in Nashik yesterday.

The army said it never questioned Mathew after the video, which showed soldiers, working as Sahayaks, walking dogs of senior army officials or taking their children to school, surfaced.

It said preliminary investigation has revealed that “the suicide may be result of a series of events which were triggered by media personnel managing to video-graph the deceased by asking leading questions on his duties as a buddy without his knowledge.

“It is very likely that the guilt factor of letting down his superiors or conveying false impression to an unknown individual, led to take the extreme step.”

Police have registered a case of accidental death under Section 174 of the CrPC. (AGENCIES)

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