Skip to comments.Officer sacked for ketchup deaths (using ketchup to fake gallantry and win medals for bravery)
Posted on 11/29/2004 7:06:10 AM PST by dead
GUWAHATI - An Indian army officer has been dismissed and another suspended after a court martial found they splashed tomato ketchup on civilians to make them look like dead separatist rebels, officials say.
An army spokesman said Colonel H.S. Kohli took photos of civilians covered with tomato sauce and posing as corpses and gave them to his senior officers as proof of separatist killings in the revolt-hit northeastern state of Assam.
"The colonel tried to use the photographs to back his claim for a gallantry award and was subsequently tried and found guilty in a court martial," an army spokesman said.
"The colonel lost his job while a major who connived with him was suspended for five years," he said.
The fraud came to light when scrutiny of records following the colonel's claim for a gallantry medal showed no deaths ever occcurred.
"It was indeed bizarre to find him trying to claim a bravery award for the kills, which in fact did not take place at all," the spokesman said.
The colonel's dismissal, which local media reports dubbed the "saucy scandal", is the latest such incident to shake the Indian army.
Last May India's Defence Ministry said Indian troops staged fake battles on the world's highest battleground on the Siachen glacier and made false claims about killing Pakistani soldiers in a bid to win medals.
Does this qualify him to run for President of the United States???????
Ketchup...phony medals...faked bravery....
This seems to ring a bell.....
Did he live in Kerrystan?.......
My thoughts exactly, maybe he's running on his "medals" for PM of India?
This seems to ring a bell....."
Heinz Ketchup, 9 out of 10 fakes use Heinz.
I hope the lad at least had the common decency to use Heinz ketchup for his fraud.
Reminds me of my cousins who faked injury to their younger brother while my aunt and uncle were out grocery shopping. They came home to find him lying on the kitchen floor with what looked like blood all over him, it was ketchup of course. Needless to say my cousins never played that trick again.
Don't they know corn syrup makes the best fake blood??
"Does this qualify him to run for President of the United States???????"
No but it does qualify him to manage a 7-11.
Please have him send his resume to the DNC - they are looking for war heros.
He stole a page out of Kerrys book.
Far Side?! Love it
Damn, thought this was another story about John Faux Kerry. He did two tours in Viet Nam and was a hero if you didn't know.
Kerry was in Vietnam? Who knew?