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SIT to visit Bhopal in Lt Sushmita case

india Updated: Jul 06, 2006 20:47 IST

The SIT, set up to probe the alleged suicide of a 25-year-old lady Army officer at the Northern Command HQ in Udhampur on June 15, will proceed to Bhopal next week to record the statements of her family, officials said.

The Special Investigation Team led by Dy SP Amit Gupta had already completed its probe at the Northern Army HQ, where Lt Sushmita Chakraborty was posted as Platoon Commander of Mechanical Transport Unit at 5071 Army Services Corps battalion, when allegedly she shot herself on June 15.

The team had recorded the statements of a dozen ASC and MTU officials, seized the weapon used for the suicide and were awaiting the forensic report in this connection, they said.

The SIT would now go to Bhopal to record the statement of Sadhna, Lt Chakraborty's mother, who was staying with her at the Command HQ when she killed herself, allegedly dissatisfied with the work she was doing.

The Army officials denied reports that Lt Chakraborty wanted to quit her job and said she suffered from depression, for which she had undergone psychiatric counselling.

"She was under high degree of depression to low self-esteem, which was reflected from psychiatrist reports. She was provided counselling by a qualified psychiatrist for 15 days from March 15 to 30 and subsequently granted 30 days of annual leave from April 3 to May 2," Brigade Commander KK Chopra said.

Denying reports that Lt Chakraborty wanted to quit her job, Chopra said, "It is totally baseless that she wanted to quit the job. Though slow at her job initially, she was picking up".

Lt Chakraborty was to proceed to Bangalore to take up the young officer's course at ASC Centre and College, scheduled to begin on July 10, he added.