Jawan Gets Army Stick For Tourist Assault

Jawan Gets Army Stick For Tourist Assault

7 June 2011
The Telegraph (Kolkata)


Srinagar: A rare protest by Pahalgam residents against an assault on tourists by soldiers has paid off, with the army today ordering strict disciplinary action against a jawan. Defence spokesperson Lt Col J.S. Brar said the action followed a fast-track inquiry ordered by Lt Gen. Hasnain, the general officer commanding, 15 Corps. “The inquiry found the jawan guilty of unsoldierly conduct which has tarnished the name of the army. The army has taken strict disciplinary action against the erring soldier for misbehaviour with tourists at Pahalgam,” the spokesperson said. Two jawans and a civilian driver of an army vehicle were involved in the incident yesterday in which a group of tourists from Rajasthan were thrashed. Police said the tourists were rescued by Pahalgam residents, who then held a street protest against the attack by the men whom they described as drunk. A vegetable vendor, Arshad Bhat of Anantnag district, suffered head injuries when he tried to save the tourists and was beaten up, reports PTI. The police filed a case and arrested the driver, a civilian. They are also investigating the main accused, Jhankar Singh of 3 Rashtriya Rifles, against whom the army today announced action. The other jawan has been let off because he did not appear to have played an active role. “The GOC has passed implicit directions to the rank and file to maintain the highest standards of conduct and ensure that such incidents, although an aberration, are never repeated again,” the army spokesperson said. Top


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