Kalaburagi: The father of a soldier hailing from Tellur village of Aland taluk in Kalaburagi district has sought a CBI probe into his son’s death in Jigani village of Mirzapur district of Uttar Pradesh.
Srikant told reporters in Kalaburagi on Friday that his son Vishwanath J Patil (30), who had joined the Army in 2002, was serving at Imphal East in Manipur. After he was asked to report at Meerut for a two-month training, Vishwanath boarded the train on October 14 from Dimapur, Srikant said. Vishwanath last spoke to his brother Manjunath and his wife Vishalakshi on October 16, Srikant added.
Two days later, head of the Army unit of Imphal Ritesh received a message asking him to collect Vishwanath’s luggage from the military unit at Delhi, but gave no details.
Srikant said his second son flew for Delhi with relatives. On landing there on October 19, Srikant’s son received a call from the Jigani sub-inspector asking him to identify the person whose photos and rail ticket he forwarded on WhatsApp. When they confirmed that it was that of Vishwanath, the officer told them that the police had cremated Vishwanath treating it as an “unclaimed” body.
Srikant said that when his son demanded to know how they said it was an unidentified body when they had the train ticket, identity card and PAN card, the sub-inspector gave evasive replies.
Srikant suspects the hand of Vishwanath’s colleagues or the UP police behind his son’s death. There were injuries on Vishwanath’s head, toes and on the back, they learnt.
“My son has returned without Vishwanath’s baggage since the Army and police are not giving proper information about Vishwanath’s death,” he said.
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