‘Harassed’ armyman still atop tower on day 3
An armyman, who climbed a 200-feet-high mobile tower here alleging harassment, refused to come down for the third day on Sunday.delhi Updated: Aug 19, 2012 22:45 IST
An armyman, who climbed a 200-feet-high mobile tower here alleging harassment, refused to come down for the third day on Sunday.
He is adamant on his demand to speak to the defence minister about his complaints.
K Muthu, who is attached with the Engineers Regiment, climbed the tower at Ajmeri Gate at around 1pm on Friday and refused to come down till late night, despite appeals by police and officers of Army, a senior police official said.
The 35-year-old sepoy in Army said he wants to meet the defence minister AK Antony.
Colleagues from his unit are taking turns to be with him atop the tower and are trying to convince him, but in vain.
Hailing from Tuticorin district of Tamil Nadu, Muthu has alleged that he was transferred five times in five years.
On Friday, he had thrown a bunch of papers and in one of the letters, he demanded discharge from service due to alleged harassment of seniors.
In the letter, he also requested the commanding officer to get his salary cleared of last eight months.
Army sources claimed that Muthu had performed a similar act in Bangalore too.
He has been absent from his unit since July 7, without sanctioned leave.
“Muthu has taken more leaves than he has been sanctioned. He will be given a fair chance to present his case once he comes down,” a senior army official said.
Regarding his health, the official said, “Muthu is currently taking only liquids and has refused solid food. We have sent colleagues who were with him in his regiment, but he is not cooperating with them either.”