Jaipur: Criminal case lodged against 4 army officers

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jaipur
  • Updated: Oct 10, 2014 16:26 IST

Jaipur Police have registered a criminal case against four officers of the Indian Army for causing injury to a jawan and outraging his wife's modesty, officials said on Friday.

The officers of the 61 Cavalry have been charged with thrashing the jawan at the unit's officers' mess on October 5 as he refused to serve them liquor after a party hosted there was over.

The jawan is being treated in the military hospital.

Police have registered a case under sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace), 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) and 354 (assault or criminal force with intent to outrage a woman's modesty).

According to the FIR lodged by Jawan Vikram Singh's wife Nandu Kanwar at Jaipur's Vaishali Nagar police station, Singh was on bar duty during a party at the officers mess of 61 Cavalry on October 5.

After the party got over, four officers - Major Danny Sweden, Major Arjun Patil, Major Deepankar Jain and Captain Apurva Gawade - demanded more liquor and when Singh refused, they lunged at him and beat him up.

Kanwar said someone from the unit informed her about the incident and she rushed to attend to him.

She said she found Singh bleeding profusely and lying on the ground. She has alleged that when she tried to take him to hospital, the officers misbehaved with her.

The injured jawan was kept in the unit's MI room overnight. His family took him to SMS Hospital in the morning.

However, the wife further alleged, officers from the unit forcefully took him back to the military hospital against advice from the doctors at SMS Hospital.

Additional deputy commissioner of police (Jaipur West) Karan Sharma said they need to verify the facts by recording the statements of the jawan and his wife before any further action could be taken in the case.

The army, on the other hand, has a different version of the incident.

Defence PRO Lt Col Manish Ojha confirmed there was a brawl at the mess between an officer and the jawan but for a different reason.

"Vikram Singh was drunk on duty. When officers rebuked him for it, he charged at them. The verbal spat led to a scuffle," said Ojha.

He said the army has ordered a court of inquiry into the incident, and depending on its outcome, disciplinary or administrative action would be initiated against the guilty.

Singh's family said the army had forbidden entry of any person from 61 Cavalry to the MH ward where he is getting treated.

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