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Army inquires into Kolkata incident

Some armymen went on a rampage at a police station on Sunday night and freed two officers held for alleged eve-teasing during New Year celebrations.

india Updated: Jan 01, 2007 17:27 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

The Army's Eastern Command on Monday started a court of inquiry into its personnel going on a rampage at the Park Street police station in Kolkata on Sunday night and freeing two officers arrested for alleged eve-teasing at a hotel.

"A court of inquiry has started on Monday to look into the incident," a Defence spokesman said.

In reply to a question, he said the Eastern Command had not been formally informed about the incident by civilian authorities and came to know of it only after a police official informed its officials over telephone.

"We still do not have anything in writing from the civilian authorities," he said.

A platoon of army personnel belonging to the 3 Madras Regiment went on the rampage inside the Park Street police station after two of its officers were arrested on eve-teasing charges during New Year celebrations at a hotel.

Police said that besides breaking furniture inside the police station, the armymen beat up some policemen and forcibly took away the two arrested officers from custody. Six persons arrested on charges of eve-teasing also escaped from the police lock-up in the melee.

The two army officers freed by their colleagues were now with their regiment which arrived in Kolkata three months ago from Siachen, the spokesman said.

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