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Lead for Missing Army Captain Turns Wrong, Family Returns

Father of the Army captain headed to Varanasi to identify a corpse found there but returned mid-way after it was confirmed that the body was not of his son.

Published: 13th February 2016 03:41 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th February 2016 03:41 AM   |  A+A-

By PTI

KATIHAR: The father of the Army captain, who went missing from a train, was today headed to Varanasi to identify a corpse found there but returned mid-way after it was confirmed that the body was not of his son.

During his journey he got a confirmation that the body was not of his son Captain Sikhardeep.

Photograph of a dead youth in Varanasi that came via Whatsapp was shown to the Captain's father, who found that it resembles his son, said Rail Superintendent of Police, Katihar, Jitendra Mishra.

Mishra said the Varanasi youth had been found unconscious near railway tracks close to Varanasi Cantt station and was taken to a hospital, where he died.

The missing Armyman's father Lt Col Anant Kumar, along with a few relatives and some policemen then left for Varanasi by Dibrugarh-Delhi Rajdhani Express from Katihar to verify if the body was indeed his son's.

However, following more information on social media, Anant Kumar and the policemen accompanying him were convinced that the dead youth was not the missing Captain.

So they got down at Barauni Junction and were returning to Katihar, Mishra said adding the Rail police will continue to search the missing Army captain.

Captain Sikhardeep (24), posted at 8th Sikh Light Infantry at Nowshera in Jammu and Kashmir, went missing during his journey from Katihar to New Delhi while travelling by Mahananda Express on February 6.

His family had talked to him on phone that night but he did not reach Delhi.

His brother-in-law had registered an FIR with Katihar GRP on February 9 in the matter.

Captain's father had suspected that Sikhardeep's disappearance could be linked to some terrorist organisation.

Sikhardeep had come home for a month on holiday and was returning to join duty.

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