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Army announces court of enquiry into officers-jawans scuffle

Army has announced a probe into the officers-jawans scuffle incident. The soldiers are being assured that the officers they have identified will be strictly dealt with.

, ET Bureau|
Updated: May 12, 2012, 12.30 AM IST
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SRINAGAR: The scuffle that broke out in 226-Fild Regiment deployed not far away from the Line of Actual Control (LoaC) in Nyoma (Ladakh) has led to minor injuries to at least four soldiers as three officers are reportedly missing. Army has already announced a court of inquiry into the incident and asserts the situation in under control.

Last night, reports said, a Major rank officer accused one of the sentry’s in a Nyoma garrison of misbehaving with his wife. He was allegedly beaten which infuriated soldiers. They rang up the regiment CO who reached the spot midnight.

The visit triggered another round of altercation, this time between the Major and his two other colleagues and CO. Finally it was a divide with the CO and soldiers on one side and the three officers on the other side. The three officers were reportedly beaten. Four soldiers were suffered injuries include CO Colonel Kadam. They were hospitalized.

The three officers were reported missing but the Northern Command spokesman Col Kalia said it is not correct. “Most of what is being printed with reference to this incident is not correct,” Colonel said from Udhampur. “Nobody is missing and an enquiry is gong on.”

Sources confirmed that though both the sides used sticks and rods, they did not use the service weapons in the entire episode. The soldiers were busy in firing practice and for a moment they did took over the control of the artillery, reports said.

“Had it happened, it would have been a catastrophe,” a civil administration officer who was apparently briefed by the police said from Leh. Nyoma remained busy for the whole day as convoys of cops and top army officers remained coming and going.

“It is not a case for us,” Syed Afadul Mujtaba, the DIG Police in whose jurisdiction Ladakh falls, told The ET. “Unless somebody comes with a complaint, we do not have a case.”

He said some details are out in Delhi from the defence ministry but the state police are not privy to the happenings. Interestingly, his SSP Vivek Gupta was camping in the border area with a huge posse of his cops for the whole day. His visit to the area followed an OS from civil administration that the “soldier are protesting” and are “armed”.

Army has already announced a court of inquiry into the incident. The soldiers are being assured that the officers they have identified will be strictly dealt with.

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