A fourth-term cadet went missing from the guarded walls of the National Defence Academy (NDA) on the night of February 13 only to return within a few days. His grandfather belongs to the police cadre, while his father is an Army officer belonging to Army Medical Corps and is posted in Delhi.
After his dramatic return, Cadet Shourya Singh Chouhan (20) told Sub-Inspector S S Tate of Uttamnagar police station that he “missed his family and got emotional” and hence left the academy.
Sources said Chouhan — who was brought back from Delhi by his father and grandfather — has rejoined NDA. Whether he can continue training or will be expelled on disciplinary grounds remains to be seen.
The FIR registered by the academy stated that Chouhan (20) — belonging to Bravo Squadron of the NDA — went missing at 11.30 pm on Thursday “without informing anyone about his whereabouts”. It added that Chouhan is short-tempered. Interestingly, while the FIR mentioned “reason of absconding from the academy as unknown”, Tate said Chouhan told him that he left as he became emotional.
NDA spokesperson Wing Commander T Nataraj said an official reply can be expected “only tomorrow”.
Lt Commander Rameshwar Puri, Divisional Officer of the Bravo Squadron, in a written reply to the police stated: “Chouhan has reported back. The FIR be cancelled.” Interestingly, the reply is undated despite being an official communication.
While joining the academy, NDA cadets sign a bond under which if they are withdrawn by the government for not fulfilling the conditions, they are required to pay the cost of training, which is Rs 7,075 per week. The money received by the cadet in pay and allowances along with interest on the said money also forms a part of the compensation in such cases. “It, however, depends upon the recommendation of the commandant. NDA will conduct an inquiry into the matter, basis which the decision will be taken,” said a retired Army officer.