Dead Captain`s mother seeks fresh probe

Last Updated: Sunday, August 29, 2010 - 00:47

New Delhi: Veena Kohli, mother of Shaurya
Chakra awardee Captain Sumit Kohli who died under mysterious
circumstances in 2006, Saturday met Defence Minister A K Antony
and demanded an independent probe into her son`s death.

Kohli, who was accompanied by her daughter Namrata and
her advocate Major Guneep Chaudhary, appealed to Antony to
provide justice to the family as she believes her son was
murdered at the Army residential complex in Jammu and Kashmir
by his fellow officers.

Accusing the Army of tarnishing her son`s image by
claiming that he committed suicide due to personal reasons,
Kohli demanded that the honour of her son, who was a
gallantry medal winner, be restored.

Namrata said Antony had
assured the family, which hails from Chandigarh, that they
would get the case re-investigated independently and get back
to the family there after.

"We met the Defence Minister for about 15-20 minutes
and sought an independent inquiry into my brother`s death and
he has assured us of an independent probe," Namrata said.

Captain Kohli, who was serving with the 18 Rashtriya
Rifles, was found dead with gunshot wounds in his room in the
military barracks in Lolab on April 30, 2006 just two months
after being decorated with Shaurya Chakra, the third highest
peace time gallantry medal.

His father, who suffered a stroke after hearing of his
son`s death, died a day after Captain Kohli`s cremation.

Since then Veena Kohli had made several attempts to
seek information and documents such as post-mortem report
relating to the young captain`s death.

Her efforts to get the Army to part with information
through the Right to Information Act too failed after the
Army headquarters took the plea that the freedom to
information law did not apply in Jammu and Kashmir. She then
moved the Delhi High Court which ordered the Army to supply
related documents.

Her advocate said on perusal of the documents there
was suspicion about the circumstances of Captain Kohli`s
death including contradiction in the autopsy and medical
reports.

"We have submitted copy of these documents also to the
Defence Minister, who heard us patiently and assured to get
re-investigated the death of the young officer," Chaudhary
said.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, August 29, 2010 - 00:47

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