The brother of army jawan Roy Mathew, who was found dead at the Deolali Cantonment in Nashik, has blamed the media for his death and said that Mathew was not aware that a journalist was secretly shooting his statement.
"The media cheated him… His family has lost their sole breadwinner… Roy never knew that the journalist was secretly shooting him," The Indian Express quoted John, Mathew's brother, as saying. He also said that even though Roy's face was not visible in the video, "one could easily identify Roy from the visuals."
The report further said that John explained how Roy was worried about the sting video in which he had spoken about the 'sahayak' system.
The deceased 33-year-old had joined the Indian Army some 13 years ago and was part of a video on the ‘Sahayak System’ which went viral on social media.
Hailing from Karuvelil, in Kollam, Kerala, he was posted as an orderly attached with a colonel at the Deolali School of Artillery.
In the video, Mathew had reportedly said that higher officials allegedly mistreated their ‘sahayaks’, and forced them to do petty jobs like polishing shoes, washing clothes and taking their pet dogs for walks.
The alleged sting video, captured through hidden cameras with faces masked, had gone viral on social media networks, as he raised questions on the ‘Sahayak System’.
The Indian Army’s Southern Command on Friday also virtually blamed the media for the alleged suicide of Mathew.
“Preliminary investigations have now revealed that the suicide may be a result of series of events which were triggered by the media personnel managing to videograph the deceased by asking leading questions on his duties as a buddy without his knowledge,” a defence statement said on Friday.
It is very likely that the guilt factor of letting down his superiors or conveying false impression to an unknown individual, led (him) to take the extreme step, it added.
The statement said that the identity of the army personnel involved in the clip was hidden and hence not known to the army, so there was no question of any enquiry that could have been ordered against the soldier, ruling out any pressures on the deceased.
With inputs from PTI
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Updated Date: Mar 04, 2017 10:53 AM