The widow of Lance Naik Roy Mathew, who was found dead earlier this week in Nashik, today suspected some foul play in the death of her husband and demanded justice from the government.
"I want justice and I want to know what happened to my husband," Finy, Mathew's wife, said on Saturday at the Thiruvananthapuram airport where his body arrived earlier in the morning.
Roy Mathew (33) had been reported missing since February 25 and his decomposed body was found hanging from the ceiling of an abandoned barrack in Deolali Cantonment, Nashik on Thursday. Mathew had joined the Indian Army some 13 years ago and was part of a video on the ‘Sahayak System’ which went viral in the social media.
Hailing from Karuvelil in Kollam, Kerala, he was posted as an orderly attached with a Colonel at the Deolali School of Artillery.
"He was a jawan and served the country for 14 years. The entire episode seems to be mysterious and no one knows what has happened to him. And even after the body arrived, the convention is to immediately drape the coffin in the Indian Tri-colour and that too did not take place," a relative said.
The relative approached the district collector seeking permission for a re-post mortem.
"The request came today (Saturday) morning and soon the sanction was given for it. The re-post mortem will be conducted at the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College hospital and then the body would be handed over," said Kollam Sub Collector K.Chithra.
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’.