The Army may have described the clash between soldiers and officers in Nyoma earlier this month as an isolated event,but a similar incident occurred at an armoured unit based in Punjab last year,leading to court martial proceedings against three officers and 16 soldiers.
What started as a scuffle between an officer and a soldier at the Tibri-based 45 Cavalry had escalated into a full-blown standoff at the unit between men and officers in June 2011.
An official at the Army Headquarters confirmed that action is at hand and that disciplinary proceedings were on. While arms were not used in the scuffle,the situation reportedly got defused only after the Commanding Officer of the unit rushed to the spot and calmed down the two sides.
A court of inquiry was ordered and at present,the 16 soldiers and three officers are being tried by a military court at Amritsar.
Sources said the clash had started after a jawan was pulled up by an officer after a training session at Tibri. An exchange of words between the two had turned into a physical scuffle in which the jawan had assaulted the officer. The jawan was later allegedly beaten up by the other officers who rushed to the spot.
Like in the Nyoma incident,a strong rumour had then spread that the jawan had been badly assaulted and might lose his life,causing the situation to escalate.
The Commanding Officer of the 45 Cavalry had rushed to the spot to take control. After his intervention and assurances that the jawan was safe,the stand-off had ended.
Disciplinary proceedings were ordered shortly after and the Commanding Officer was posted out to 2 Corps. The officer,along with three more,has now been attached to Amritsar while disciplinary proceedings are on.