IAF : Jha was sacked for misconduct

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Bengaluru, Sep 26 : Ankit Kumar Jha, a trainee flying officer who died under mysterious circumstances at the Air Force Technical College (AFTC), was sacked for committing acts of misconduct with a fellow woman trainee officer, the Indian Air Force (IAF) said on Monday.

The IAF said in a statement that the Under Trainee Flying Officer (UTFO) joined IAF in February 2021 and was undergoing training at AFTC. His training was terminated on September 20 after informing his father.

“Termination was the result of recommendations by a court of inquiry, which was instituted following a complaint by a fellow woman trainee officer on June 30. It had been established that the trainee had committed certain acts of misconduct,” the IAF said.

The inquiry proceedings were duly examined at multiple levels before being approved at Air Head Quarters.

The IAF said it was cooperating with the investigation being conducted by the police on Jha’s death.

A court of inquiry by the IAF is also underway to establish the circumstances leading to the death .A

An autopsy was conducted on September 23 and the report is awaited. The next day, his family visited the AFTC.

Police in Bengaluru have booked six IAF officers for alleged murder of Jha. They are yet to be arrested.

Earlier, the 27-year-old Jha’s father, U.K. Jha, told UNI that the police were trying to make a case of suicide out his son’s death. The AFTC is run by IAF and trains military aeronautical engineers.


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