Army officers, jawans clash in Meerut

Army officers, jawans clash in Meerut

In yet another incident of a clash between officers and men in the Army, a scuffle broke out in an infantry unit in Meerut on Thursday night injuring three personnel including the second in command of the unit.

The Army has ordered a court of inquiry into the assault incident in 10 Sikh Light Infantry battalion in which two majors and one soldier received blows in the course of a boxing match inside the unit at a place called Dabathua, 15 km from Meerut. All three are in the hospital. The CoI will be headed by a Brigadier level officer.

The latest scuffle has become doubly embarrassing for the Army because Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh also belongs to the Sikh Light Infantry regiment. The unit is based in Delhi and went to Meerut for a training exercise.

While it is still unclear what triggered the clash, sources said it happened following serious altercations between officers and men during the boxing match.The Army headquarters, however, is downplaying the incident arguing emotions run high during body-contact games like boxing.

This is the fourth incident of officers-men clash in the army units in the last three years. Previous three incidents happened in 16 Cavalry unit in Samba in August, 2012; in an artillery unit (226 field regiment) in the field firing range of Nyoma in May 2012 and 45 Cavalry unit in Gurdaspur in Punjab in 2011.

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