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Senior army official helps accused to conceal his identity

Probe has revealed the dependent's card to be fake and used by the suspect to influence the girl.

Written by Arun Sharma | Jammu |
June 13, 2011 5:52:30 pm

As police investigations into the death of a college girl from Rajasthan have pointed fingers towards the involvement of a senior army official in helping the accused soldier conceal his identity,the Northern Command too have ordered inquiry into the matter.

Quoting a letter written by Northern Command headquarters to its Southern counterpart,a copy of which has been received by the police as well,Senior Superintendent of Police,Samba,Israr Khan,said the Army inquiry has followed the seizure of a dependent card issued in favour of deceased Anjana Sihag. The card,purported to have been issued by a Lt Colonel,show the girl as wife of Aman Kumar (No. 15174560-H/GNR/CLK of 103 MC,MF,DET Unit).

Admitting that Army has initiated an inquiry into the matter,a senior Army officer at the Northen Command said the dependent’s card seized by police appear to be fake. Anything,however,can be confirmed only after the outcome of the inquiry.

The dependent card is issued only to the immediate family of an army man to enable them avail facilities including that of canteen stores department (CSD) available to the dependents of serving or retired soldiers and army officers. There was,however,no such soldier against that number in the Army which infact had been allotted to Abdul Gaffar who had not only concealed his real name from the girl,but also posed himself as an Army Captain to influence her.

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“From the photograph sent by police along with a letter seeking his appearance before it,the Northern Command has not only identified the accused soldier as Abdul Gaffar,but it has also written a letter to Southern Command requesting it to take him into custody and deploy two junior commissioned officers (JCOs) to bring him to an army unit at Bari Brahmana where police have reopened a case involving the death of a college girl four years ago.

Abdul Gaffar is wanted by police in connection with the death of a college girl Anjana Sihag,a B.Ed student at Dogra Law College in Bari Brahmana,who committed suicide in her hostel room in 2007. According to the postmortem report,the girl was badly tortured and gang raped before her death.

SSP Samba,Israr Khan,told The Indian Express that as Abdul Gaffar had mentioned himself as Aman Kumar,the police was looking for him with latter name. However,the Army authorities were also right in saying that the identification number provided by the police belonged to one Abdul Gaffar.

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The mystery of Aman Kumar got solved when police,along with a letter seeking his presence in the matter,also sent his photograph to the Northern Command. Pointing out the accused had imprinted his photograph on the corner of a letter written to the girl,Khan said that it was on the basis of that photograph that Northern Command identified him as Abdul Gaffar.

The accused had been with Northern Command from 2006 to 2010 and he was now posted with 158 MED Regiment in Southern Command.

The girl may have came to know his real identity after some time and she started avoiding him,SSP said. On September 20,2007,she had left her hostel on an “out pass” telling her friend that she was going to meet Aman as he was insisting on meeting for the last time. But when she returned to the hostel,she was shattered. Before anyone could ask her anything,she went to her room,bolted the doors from inside and consumed poison.

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The police then closed the case as simple suicide,saying that provocation could not be ascertained. The case got reopened four years thereafter when new district police chief Israr Khan while going through the old police files noticed the postmortem report talking about torture marks and gang rape on the deceased.

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First published on: 13-06-2011 at 05:52:30 pm
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