A sixth term cadet of the National Defence Academy sustained grievous injuries earlier last month after he tried to scale a wall to hide from staffers as he was reportedly in an inebriated state
The incident took place on the afternoon of March 6, during Holi celebrations. Sources from the NDA said officers from the Adjutant’s office and training branch found out that the cadet and eight others were consuming alcohol in their squadron hostel. The officers went to the hostel and found the students drinking. “One of them tried to hide in the bathroom by climbing the wall. He fell down as he was under the influence of alcohol and sustained serious injuries,” academy sources said. Disciplinary action has been taken against the cadets.
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The injured cadet was admitted to the military hospital. Doctors said he was recuperating well. Though sources said the cadet sustained injury on the head, no official confirmation could be received on the nature of the injury. Four days later, then officiating Commandant Major General Ashok Ambre ordered disciplinary action against the nine cadets as per the adjutant branch punishment policy of the NDA. They have been put under restrictions for four weeks. Sources also said the cadets were in possession of an expensive whiskey.
A senior Army officer, who has served at NDA, said on the condition of anonymity, “A more important question than the disciplinary action is how the cadets procured the expensive whiskey. A large section of the defence fraternity will not be ready to accept it but there is a rising problem of alcohol addiction among the armed forces. We also need to find whether such incidents take place often at premier institutes like the NDA.”
Six of the nine cadets who have been disciplined for possession and consumption of alcohol held important appointments as cadet captains of the particular squadron and now have been stripped of their positions, sources said.
Answering an email query from Newsline, a senior officer at the NDA said, “The incident has taken place. There were nine cadets. The necessary disciplinary action has been taken against them. Some of the cadets were of appointments and they have been deprived of their positions. An inquiry has been ordered in the case. One of the cadets sustained injury on his hand and is now recovering after treatment. His family has been informed and his uncle and aunt are here with him.”
NDA, which is the only junior tri-services military training institute in the country, has been in news lately for controversies. Cases of corruption dug out by the CBI, large number of relegation and resignations of cadets and a number of legal cases filed by faculty members for service-related disputes have tarnished the status of the Academy.