CRPF Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Ajit Kumar spent the prime of his life serving the country, including in terror-affected Kashmir Valley but when the 45-year-old was found dead under ‘suspicious’ circumstances near railway tracks in Karnal, he was cremated as an ‘unidentified’ person, due to ‘official apathy’. On July 11 evening, Kumar left his native Dehrat village in Himachal Pradesh’s Hamirpur district to take a train for Delhi. He was scheduled to meet his paramilitary force colleague at New Delhi from where they were to move to Assam to join duty after transfer from Srinagar, Kumar’s family members said. The family said they lost touch with Kumar as soon as he left for the national Capital. After making efforts for a few hours, they approached the GRP post at Nangal Dam railway station, from where he had boarded the train, on July 12 and lodged a report about his ‘mysterious disappearance’.Their fears came true when they learnt three days later that Kumar was found dead near rail tracks and cremated as an ‘unidentified person’. “We were shocked to know that Kumar was cremated on July 15 by the GRP Karnal after declaring the body as unclaimed, whereas we had lodged a missing report on the night of July 12, three days before his cremation, ” a relative Rajeev Sharma said.He alleged that Kumar’s wife Sunita Devi and their three unmarried daughters could not see his face one last time due to the GRP’s negligent attitude. Karnal GRP officials, however, defended their action. “As per the set rules, we kept the body for identification for 72 hours after recovering it from near tracks about two kms from the Karnal railway station on July 12 at 2.30 a.m. We released the photos in local media. No identity card or mobile phone was found from the clothes or near the body,” Karnal GRP police station SHO Inspector Inderjeet Singh said.Kumar’s family members said that they cannot understand the logic of releasing the body’s pictures in local papers when the person was most likely a traveller and not from that area. “What is the use of giving the photo in local media of the body of a person who was travelling in a train passing through that area,” Mr. Sharma asked. The authorities were merely completing formalities, the family alleged. “Had they been serious in identifying the body, the Karnal GRP officials could have contacted other railway stations,” added Mr. Sharma. He also said whether the police tried to investigate the cause of death. Kumar might have been pushed out of the running train by some one, Mr. Sharma added. Inspector Inderjeet Singh, however, ruled out the possibility of murder.