At least four army officers had received severe injuries during a clash with the police in Indore on September 9/10 but the police hadn’t lodged an FIR by army officers in this case, a right to information query has revealed.
The clash had taken place between the Young Officers (YOs) of Infantry School in Mhow and the Vijaynagar Police Station at BCM Heights on September 9/10 night. Four army officers had suffered injuries in the police action.
In retaliation, the army officers vandalised the Vijaynagar police station the next day. However, the police lodged an FIR against the army officers but they have yet to file one from the army officers’ side, a reply to an RTI application revealed. The reply was sought by veteran infantry officer Lt Col Anurag Shukla (Retd) on September 30 from the Infantry School in Mhow.
The RTI reply mentions that the four officers, identified as Lt Shailendra Kumar of 17 Kumaon, Lt Ankit Siwach of 2 Kumaon, Lt Kunal of 21 Para and Lt Ritwick Singh of 13 JAK Rifles were admitted to the military hospital on September 10 with fractures and wounds.
Lt Shailendra Kumar had suffered a fracture in the tibia of the right leg, Lt Ankit Siwach of 2 Kumaon in the ulna of the right hand, Lt Kunal blunt injuries in the lower abdomen, back and the forearam and Lt Ritwick Singh multiple contusions in the scapular region, forearms, thighs and legs, the report revealed.
Lt Shailendra Kumar, Lt Ankit Siwach may be moved off the active infantry duty, unconfirmed reports said.
According to the RTI reply, eight officers had in a complaint to the police stated that they were abused by the policemen while leaving the Woodstock Lounge at around 23.30 hours on September 9.
However, when they objected to it, the policemen called in 25-30 more cops and resorted to a lathicharge on the officers. Later two officers were taken to the Vijay Nagar police station, it said.
Speaking to HT, SP (East) Shri OP Tripathi confirmed that a complaint against the police had been received but no case had been filed so far.
However, the RTI reply revealed that the army officers had requested filing of an FIR against police personnel, including CSP Vipul Shrivastava and others who ordered a lathi charge.
Mhow Bar Association president Ravi Arya said, “It is the right of a complainant to get an FIR filed if a cognizable offence has been committed. In this case, the complaints should have been registered under sections 326 and section 325 of the IPC.”