In sensitive Ladakh,Army officers,soldiers come to blows

A rift between officers and jawans has put Army headquarters in a quandary.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published: May 11, 2012 11:32:34 am

Army officers and jawans based in Ladakh were involved in a scuffle during field firing,official sources said today.

They said the scuffle took place between officers and jawans of an artillery unit deployed in Nyoma in Ladakh last night.

Commenting on the situation,Army headquarters said that,”Due to some administrative reasons,there was a scuffle in an artillery unit during field firing. The incident is under investigation and necessary action will be taken.

They said no casualties occurred during the scuffle.

Army orders inquiry into officers-jawans scuffle in Ladakh

The Army today ordered a Court of Inquiry into a scuffle that broke out between officers and jawans in Ladakh following alleged molestation involving an orderly and the reported capturing of the armoury by the agitated soldiers.

“The situation is under control and a Court of Inquiry has been ordered into the incident,” Army Spokesperson Colonel Jagdeep Dahiya said here.

The inquiry order came after the Defence Ministry sought a report from the Army on the incident that took place last night.

“A minor scuffle took place between the officers and the troops of a unit on the night of 10-11 May in Ladakh”,he said,adding “a few minor injuries were suffered by the personnel.”

The incident took place at Nyoma- 150 km from Leh town,last evening when a group of officers and jawans clashed following an incident of alleged molestation involving an orderly and the reported capturing of the armoury by agitated soldiers.

The clash took place allegedly after a jawan misbehaved with the wife of a Major who beat him up,sources said.

The Major did not permit other jawans to allow any medical treatment for the ‘sahayak’ fuelling anger among the colleagues who objected to it,the sources said.

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