The Asian Age

Gov ADC goes miss­ing dur­ing Europe hol­i­day

- AGE COR­RE­SPON­DENT

New Delhi: An Army of­fi­cer of the rank of ma­jor who is cur­rently an aid­ede- camp to the gov­er­nor of Arunachal Pradesh has gone miss­ing while va­ca­tion­ing in Europe. The of­fi­cer — who is from the Spe­cial Forces — was tak­ing part in ad­ven­ture sports in Spain where he was on a hol­i­day.

An Army of­fi­cer of the rank of ma­jor, who is cur­rently an aide- de­camp ( ADC) to the gov­er­nor of Arunachal Pradesh, has gone miss­ing while the of­fi­cer was va­ca­tion­ing in Europe. The of­fi­cer — who is from the spe­cial forces — was tak­ing part in ad­ven­ture sports in Spain where he went va­ca­tion­ing. The Army is prob­ing whether the of­fi­cer was in­jured and is there­fore un­trace­able or whether he has de­serted the Army.

Sources said the Army is also in touch with In­dian diplo­mats on the where­abouts of the of­fi­cer. “One of the an­gles be­ing looked at is whether the of­fi­cer has de­serted the Army. The of­fi­cer had not taken per­mis­sion from the Mil­i­tary In­tel­li­gence ( MI) be­fore go­ing abroad on va­ca­tion as is the prac­tice,” de­fence sources said. De­fence- watch­ers say that if the of­fi­cer has de­serted the Army and van­ished in Europe with­out a trace, it is in­deed a very se­ri­ous mat­ter. How­ever, when con­tacted, Gov­ern­ment sources said it would be un­fair to spec­u­late even be­fore the facts have been fully as­cer­tained. Sources pointed out that the Army is also prob­ing whether the of­fi­cer was badly in­jured dur­ing the ad­ven­ture sports ac­tiv­i­ties and was there­fore un­trace­able.

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