CoI recommends action against 168 Army personnel


New Delhi, Mar 25: An Army Court of Inquiry (CoI) has recommended disciplinary action against 168 personnel, including the then Commanding Officer (CO) of an artillery unit for their role in a clash between officers and soldiers in May last year in Nyoma in Ladakh.
 The Northern Army Commander has confirmed the recommendations by the CoI for disciplinary action against 168 personnel including three other officers, 17 Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs) and 147 soldiers, Army sources said here.
 Disciplinary action in connection with the incident on May 10, last year against the personnel may also lead to court martial, they said.
 The CoI was held under Brig Ajay Talwar and had completed its probe and submitted its report to the 14 Corps headquarters in Leh in first week of December last year. The personnel have been indicted by the CoI for various charges including arson and assault.
 Three officers, including the CO, and eight soldiers of 226 Field Regiment were injured in the fracas at Mahe firing range near Nyoma.
 A day after the incident, the Army had ordered a CoI in which 215 witnesses including five officers, 21 JCOs and 189 soldiers were examined.
 The officers and men had clashed during a firing practice session where women were also present without proper authorization.
 In a similar officer-jawan face off in Samba in Jammu and Kashmir last year, the Army CoI had recommended action against 60 personnel.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 25 Mar 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 25 Mar 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 26 Mar 2013 00:00:00 IST

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