'Scuffle at Ladakh is indiscipline, not mutiny'
The “minor scuffle” between army officers and troops in Ladakh near the Indo-China border this week was, at worst, “an isolated act of indiscipline” and the situation was well under control, the army said on Saturday.india Updated: May 13, 2012 01:09 IST
The “minor scuffle” between army officers and troops in Ladakh near the Indo-China border this week was, at worst, “an isolated act of indiscipline” and the situation was well under control, the army said on Saturday.
The army also announced that the field regiment, which was at the Mahe Field Ranges in Ladakh for the field firing exercises, was being moved back to its original location.
“However, nobody has been removed, dismissed or suspended,” the army said in a statement on Saturday to play down the embarrassing incident.
The army has also submitted a report to the defence ministry about the clash, but did not place the official version of the incident in the public domain.
The Court of Inquiry to investigate the circumstances under which the clashes took place has started and will identify the complicity of the officers and men.
Col P Kadam, the Commanding Officer, was not assaulted by other officers, and have been given medical treatment for superficial injuries along with Major AK Sharma and Sepoy Suman Ghosh. The army denied that the troops had captured the armory or resorted to use of arms.
“The entire episode can at worst be seen as an isolated act of indiscipline. It can, in no way, be termed as a mutiny,” the statement said.
The Brigade Commander of the Artillery Brigade and General Officer Commanding of the division interacted with the troops on Friday and brought the situation “well under control”.
The regiment is being moved back from the ranges to its location with effect from May 12, 2012.