Days after two Majors and a soldier were injured in a clash between officers and soldiers in Meerut,four to six soldiers of the 22 NCC Battalion allegedly assaulted their commanding officer,Colonel B M Hansra,at Batala,near Gurdaspur in Punjab,on Monday.
According to Army sources,Hansra was injured in the scuffle which followed an argument over a personal issue. The cause of the altercation is yet to be ascertained.
When contacted,Major General P S Mandher,Additional Director General,NCC (Punjab,Haryana,Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh),confirmed that an incident had taken place.
Asked if it was a case of indiscipline by the soldiers or the officers fault,Mandher said,During routine exercises,many things happen. At this stage we cannot say if it amounted to an act of indiscipline,but yes such incidents need to be inquired into… We have ordered a probe.
Sources said an inquiry has been ordered by 91 sub-area,Jalandhar.
This is the second such incident in the past few days. Last week,officers and soldiers of 10 Sikh Light Infantry clashed during an inter-company boxing tournament in Meerut. The Army has initiated a probe into that incident.
Such clashes are becoming a trend in the Army. As reported by The Indian Express,officers and soldiers clashed at the 45 Cavalry unit at the Tibri cantonment in Gurdaspur area of Punjab in June 2011,after which three officers and 16 soldiers were tried by a military court. While arms were not used,the situation reportedly deteriorated into a near mutinous mood that was defused only after the commanding officer of the unit rushed to the spot.
Then in May 2012,another clash,the biggest so far,occurred at the 226 Artillery Unit in Nyoma,following allegations that the wife of an officer had been molested.
In August 2012,there was a clash in Samba,involving the 16 Cavalry armoured unit,but the situation was brought under control before serious violence could break out.