Failed relationship led ex-IAF officer to suicide: Police


Bhopal : Anjali Gupta, the first woman flying officer of the Indian Air Force (IAF) to be court martialled, committed suicide due to alleged failure of a live-in-relationship with an IAF officer in whose house she hanged herself, police said Monday.

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The body of Anjali Gupta was found hanging from the ceiling fan in the house of Group Captain Amit Gupta, 51, Sunday night in the state capital.

A resident of Delhi, Anjali was working in a private firm in Bangalore. On way to Banglore, she had stopped over at Bhopal to meet Amit Sep 7.

“The parents of Anjali Gupta have alleged that Amit had promised Anjali marriage since long and on his refusal, she committed suicide,” Rajesh Bhadoria, the City Superintendent of Police, told reporters.

Bhadoria added: “The family alleged that Amit had always convinced Anjali that he would divorce his wife and marry her. According to them, Anjali had visited Amit’s home several times.”

The official said that Anjali’s mother, Uma Gupta, had also written several times to the IAF authorities about Amit Gupta denying he promised to marry her daughter.

Police have registered a case under section 306 of the Indian Penal Code against Amit Gupta and he would be quizzed by the senior police officials, Bhadoria said.

The post-mortem examination of Anjali’s body has not taken place yet and it is lying at the Hamidia Hospital here.

Anjali, a former Flying Officer with the IAF, was 29 when she was dismissed after a general court martial found her guilty of charges including embezzling funds and insubordination and recommended in December 2005 that she be “cashiered” — stripped of her rank and discharged.

After a petition by her, then Air Chief Marshal S.P. Tyagi diluted the sentence to “dismissal”.

She was accused of embezzling funds, throwing food at a superior, insubordination, indiscipline and having demonstrated “conduct unbecoming of an officer”.