One month on, JCO’s son missing from naval academy

Over a month ago, Master Warrant Officer Birendra Singh, 55, was a proud father. With his three sons following his footsteps and joining the Armed Forces, Singh's dream — just like that of numerous JCOs of the three services — of making his sons officers was turning into a reality. And just as life seemed to offer him little relaxation after having lost his wife to breast cancer, something more unexpected happened.

Five months after he had joined Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala, Singh's third son Chandra Deo Singh, 18, went missing on October 11. The last time he is known to have withdrawn money from his bank account is five days after he ran away from the academy, from an ATM in Panjim, Goa. On October 24, he added a friend to his Facebook account.

Singh feels his son was unhappy with the rigourous training regime at INA. "He was absolutely fine in the first month. Then he started skipping his lectures and parade so that the academy rusticates him. My elder son had visited the academy to sort out the matter of attendance. On October 10, he had told his roommate that this time he will do such a thing that his brothers and father would have 'no control'. Since then, he has been absconding," said Singh. An FIR was lodged by the academy on October 12.

While the police are investigating, Singh said he would reward anybody who would provide information about his son on 09049860270, 09783737133. (With inputs from Manoj More)

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