Taking exception to molestation charge against a jawan, the Army today said severe punishment will be meted out to the man if found guilty.
"The accused is presently admitted at hospital and once he is released, we will hand him over to police. We will seek his custody to further the investigation," General Officer Commanding Major General K S Sethi said.
"A court of inquiry was already in progress and strictest of punishment will be meted out to the jawan if found guilty. We don't want such things to happen again. They are unacceptable," the army GoC said.
According to police, a seven-year-old girl was allegedly molested on September 13 at Lowsohtun area in the city by Territorial Army jawan Golap Bora (26). A mob later assaulted the accused which led to a clash between some army men and civilians. Five persons, including a taxi driver who had rescued the minor, were injured in the clash.
The girl's mother and the injured filed separate FIRs demanding action against Bora and other security personnel involved in the clash.
"A test identification parade of the accused will be conducted after taking statements from the injured and the eyewitnesses," a police official said, adding a case of outrage of modesty would be filed against the jawan.
While residents of the city hoisted black flags, taxis remained off the road today protesting the Sunday incident.