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Leh clash an 'isolated act of indiscipline': Army

May 12, 2012 19:13 IST

The army on Saturday said the clash involving men and officers of the an artillery regiment near Leh can be termed as an "isolated act of indiscipline" and not a mutiny.

It also denied that any arms and ammunition were used during the incident saying "the armoury has not been captured by the troops as is being wrongly reported".

An army release said the 3 Mountain Division Commander Maj Gen A L Chavan and Artillery  Brigade Commander there talked to the troops on Friday.

The situation was brought "well under control" and the regiment is being moved back from ranges to its location with effect from Saturday, it said.

In the release, the Army said "misinterpretation and mischievous reporting to sensationalise the incident by some sections of print and electronic media need to be  dispelled."

The court of inquiry will identify the complicity of the officers and men. However, nobody has been removed, dismissed or suspended," said the statement on the incident on Thursday in which jawans and officers of the 226 Field Regiment clashed.

The army release said it was "wrongly reported" that the Commanding Officer Colonel P Kadam was assaulted by other officers of the Unit.

It added that the CO as well as Maj A K Sharma and Sepoy Suman Ghosh suffered "superficial" injuries and have been given medical treatment.

The release said the unit involved in the incident has been asked to go back to its actual location from the Mahe firing ranges in Nyoma.

A CoI to investigate into the circumstances under which the incident took place has commenced," the Army release said.
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