Jawan who exposed 'sahayak' woes found dead

New Delhi: In a spine-chilling incident, an Army jawan who had appeared in a sting operation by a news website slamming the 'sahayak' (orderly) system last month was found dead under mysterious conditions in an abandoned barrack in Deolali Cantonment in Maharashtra here on Thursday. 

Roy Mathew, a gunner, was found hanging from the ceiling of a room. Doctors said 33-year-old Mathew, whose body was decomposed, might have died three days ago.

According to a report in 'The Times of India', Police sources said Mathew, who had served the Army for around 13 years, was among several jawans in Deolali seen in the video which featured soldiers walking dogs of officers and taking their children to school. The sting operation had sparked an uproar against the British-era sahayak system.

Mathew, who had been missing from his artillery unit since February 25, was facing an inquiry after the sting operation was posted online, sources said.