Army authorities have denied allegations of torture and foul play in the death of Subedar Major Rajendra Singh Shekhawat who died at a military hospital in New Delhi on July 5.
The junior commissioned officer’s (JCO) family had made the allegations in a complaint registered with the Delhi Cantt police station after his death. Shekhawat was cremated on July 7 in Jaipur where his family resides. The JCO’s son, Pushpendra Singh, had told reporters here that his father was allegedly tortured as he was to about expose certain frauds by senior officers and corruption in the Army recruitments.
In an official statement released on Friday, the Army authorities said, “The JCO was guilty of misusing his official position as a head clerk for falsifying personal documents in order to obtain pecuniary gains for an honorary commission. Accordingly, the JCO was attached for disciplinary proceedings.”
The Army authorities added that Shekhawat had also absented himself from leave for which he was facing a Court of Inquiry.
On July 2, the JCO suffered a stroke and suddenly took ill, while he was attached in the CVD (Central Vehicle Depot) Delhi Cantt for the Court of Inquiry and he was rushed to the Base Hospital, Delhi Cantt, but despite prompt medical attention he expired, the Army authorities said.
“The post mortem report indicates the cause of death as ‘stroke right middle cerebral right tertiary infraction’,” the Army statement read.
The Army authorities have stated that the allegations of ill treatment of the JCO being made by his relatives were baseless, as “at no stage was the deceased ever subjected to mental harassment.” The authorities said the JCO suffered a heart attack when he was not in the custody of his unit, 14 Raj Rifiles.
-via The Times of India.