Leh Clash: Col Relieved Of Duties, 5 Officers Attached

Leh Clash: Col Relieved Of Duties, 5 Officers Attached

12 May 2012
Rising Kashmir


Srinagar: A senior army officer has been relieved of his command duties while five other officers have been attached pending the inquiry ordered into the clash between army men and officers at a firing range near India-China boundary in Nyoma, Ladakh. Sources in the army said Commanding Officer of 226 Field Regiment Colonel Kadam was relieved of his duties and the charge has been given to officiating colonel, Yatinder Nandal. Five other officers, who were also involved in the scuffle, have been attached to the 14 Corps headquarters. The regiment has also been asked to report back to their original base in Leh. As per sources, Col Kadam had completed his command tenure and was expecting a posting in the near future. They said there was also a possibility that the unit may be disbanded after the completion of the disciplinary proceedings into the case. Meanwhile, Army has submitted a report to the Defence Ministry about the clash between its men and officers. “An initial report about the incident has been submitted to Defence Ministry. Details about the entire episode would be provided only after the Court of Inquiry (CoI) instituted in the matter submits its findings,” army sources said here. They said there seemed to be an attempt earlier on part of the army to cover up the whole incident as it had informed the ministry that there was only a scuffle between army men and officers and that details were not provided. Soon after media reports about the incident surfaced, the army had issued a public statement dismissing the incident as a scuffle. The army has ordered a Court of Inquiry into a scuffle that broke out between its officers and men in Ladakh after the Ministry sought a detailed report from it on the incident.