Jammu: Inflamed temper of the Army Jawans crippled life of the officers at the border district of Samba in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday. The Jawans reportedly locked the officers in a mess after they got fumed on one of their fellow mate's suicide during a camp here.
This is the second major breach of discipline
in the recent times by which the repute of the Indian Army, which is known for its healthy disciplinary measures, has been kept at stake.
Earlier, the incident came to fore after officers and jawans of an artillery unit deployed at the Nyoma district of Eastern Ladakh allegedly clashed. This left the unit commanding officer, two majors and two jawans grievously injured in the month of May, earlier this year.
However, the Wednesday incident pealed-off after the jawan, Arun V, from Thiruvananthapuram, shot himself with his service rifle in the camp of the 16th Light Cavalry at Samba in the morning. He departed this life on the spot.
As per the sources stress
between the jawans and the officers of the 16th Cavalry had been "seething for quite some time"
. This cameworst after no preventive steps were being taken. All it needed to be was just a push and the suicide by the jawan provided just that.
"Angry jawans then ganged up to surround the officers and their residences in protest, leading to a prolonged face-off," the source reported.
The intensity of the agitation crept so much along with the "complete failure of command and control" was such that senior officers, Lt. General AK Bhalla, commander of the Yol-based 9 Corps, had to rush to the spot to control the situation.
All the officers of the 16th Cavalry were then moved out of their houses and sent to different messes as a precautionary move to prevent the trouble from escalating further.
Reportedly, to control the situation, two Army units had been rushed to Samba, which constituted of a brigade and the armoured regiment.
On the other hand, the Army headquarters at the capital denied of any brawl between the officer and the Jawans. "There was a suicide but no clash," the statement said.
There was a bit of panic after the jawan quit his life but situation was then under control, it added.