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Rape accused jawan caught after 4 yrs

“We had only letters written by him to the girl and an Army’s dependent card issued in favour of the deceased.

Written by Arun Sharma | Jammu |
August 10, 2011 1:10:36 am

Law finally caught up with the Army jawan four years after he allegedly raped a BEd student driving her to suicide. It was his stamp sized photograph printed on the side of a letter which helped both the Jammu and Kashmir Police and the Army to trace him.

Identified as Abdul Gaffar,the jawan had written a number of letters to the girl,Anjana Sihag,under the assumed name of Captain Aman Kumar (No 15154560-H/GNR/CLK of 103 MC,MF DET Unit). Anjana,who hailed from Chirawa in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan,was a student in a private college near Bari Brahmana. She died in a hospital on September 20,2007,three days after she consumed poison in her hostel room. The jawan was arrested on Friday,nearly four years after she committed suicide after being allegedly raped by him.

“We had only letters written by him to the girl and an Army’s dependent card issued in favour of the deceased. The card,purported to have been issued by a Lt Colonel,mentioned the girl as the wife of Aman Kumar. Whenever we approached the Army for Captain Aman Kumar,they agreed that the identification number mentioned by us was correct,but it belonged to Sepoy Abdul Gaffar and not Captain Aman Kumar,” said Senior Superintendent of Police,Samba,Israr Khan.

Pointing out that the Army officials were right in their assertions that there was no Captain Aman Kumar serving with them,Khan said the mystery was solved when he,while going through the girl’s belongings seized by the police,stumbled upon a letter carrying a stamp sized photograph printed on one side.

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“The soldier had written many letters to the girl under the assumed name. This one requesting her to meet for the last time had his photograph printed on one side. The photograph printed on the letterhead was not clear. So,we got it enlarged and sent it along with other details,including identification number,to the Northern Command seeking production of Captain Aman Kumar for questioning in the matter. They responded saying that the photograph was of Sepoy Abdul Gaffar who,at present,was posted in the Southern Command,” said Khan.

Following a written request from the police,General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Northern Command Lt General K T Parnaik wrote to his Southern counterpart for help in locating the jawan and ensure his appearance before the police.

According to the police,the jawan had posed as a captain to have a relationship with the girl. However,after sometime,when she came to know about his real identity,the girl started avoiding him. In the meantime,she met another boy,Satpal,during a college picnic at Mansar Lake and befriended him. After knowing about it,Gaffar visited Bari Brahmana a number of times between July 1 and September 1 and confronted them. On September 16,he took Anjana to a hotel at Bari Brahmana and allegedly raped her. The girl,after returning to her hostel,consumed poison the same evening and died at a hospital three days later.

The police had initiated inquest proceedings into hers death,but after being unable to locate Captain Aman Kumar for questioning,closed the case as “suicide”.

The case was reopened this year when Khan,after taking over as SSP,Samba,went through old files and noticed certain discrepancies in the investigation.

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