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Army-cops clash: Blame game on,probe ordered

The Army ordered a Court of Inquiry into a brawl involving a group of Army personnel and policemen after two young officers undergoing a course at the College of Military Engineering were caught for traffic violation

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published: February 2, 2012 12:18:17 am

The Army on Wednesday ordered a Court of Inquiry into a brawl involving a group of Army personnel and policemen on Tuesday night after two young officers undergoing a course at the College of Military Engineering were caught for traffic violation.

It,however,said in a press release that the traffic police personnel abused and manhandled the Army officers even after they agreed to pay the fine.

The traffic police and mediapersons registered two separate police complaints against the two Army officers — Captain V Advait,Lieutenant A B Pandit — and their colleagues,accusing them of manhandling the policemen,mediapersons and locals after they were caught at Tilak Chowk for riding on a two-wheeler in a no-entry zone.

Captain Advait,Lieutenant Pandit and about 40 other Armymen have been accused of rioting and causing hurt to public servant on duty in the complaint by the traffic personnel.

According to the FIR,after a lady traffic constable stopped Captain Advait and Lieutenant Pandit at the no-entry zone,they allegedly got angry and called colleagues,who went on a rampage,beating policemen and locals. They also barged into the Sambhaji police outpost and damaged furniture.

The Army said,“The concerned officers have been debarred from leaving CME premises. The HQ CME is in liasion with the local police authorities.”

It said after the two introduced themselves as Army officers,“the lady constable took the keys while a second male constable started abusing Capt Advait,roughing and manhandling him,stating that since he was once roughed up for traveling without his helmet in Army area,he would now get back at him.”

It said the officers informed their course mates,who arrived at the police station around 8.10 pm. “Realising that the constable was still aggressive and abusive,the officers also had an exchange of words with the constable,” the Army said.

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