Mrunal Manmay Dash

A pal of gloom descended on Khanua village under Mayurbhanj’s Badasahi block after the body of Indian Army jawan, Subedar Chandrakant Sejapada reached his ancestral home on Saturday.

While the grief-stricken parents and friends of the deceased alleged murder and foul play, mystery still shrouds the actual cause of death.

As per reports, Chandrakant, who was posted in Rajasthan, had come to his village for his sister’s marriage and returned to his place of posting by train on May 9. However, he went missing on the way back.

As he did not join duty on the scheduled date, the Army authorities tried to contact him over phone, but could not connect. When they contacted his family members, they said that he had already left the village.

Later, on Friday, his body was found near the railway tracks at Bahadurgarh in Haryana. His body was brought back to his village by the Indian Army on Saturday.

“He had come here two weeks back to marry me off. I did not know he will get killed on his way back, otherwise, I would never have asked him to come here,” said the grieving sister of Chandrakant.

Chandrakant’s father said, “My son has been murdered. There is a bullet wound on his forehead. He could not commit suicide. I am sure he has been killed.”

He further demanded a high level inquiry into the death of his son and stern action against the perpetrators.

Mortal remains of Chandrakant were consigned to flames on Saturday night.