The death of an Indian Army jawan who died of a heart attack in the North East region after the entire unit was sent on a 10 kilometre march, triggered a scuffle between the soldiers and officers of the region.
Followed by which the Army had to release an official statement denying what was being reported widely on social media as a "mutiny-like" situation involving officers and jawans.
"A case of death of a jawan during routine training activity has taken place in an infantry unit in the North East. It is NOT a case of any mutiny. The Jawan complained of chest pain prior to route march - was checked by unit MO (Medical Officer) and found fit. The jawan later collapsed during route march - was brought to the Field Ambulance where he succumbed," the Army said.
The 10 km march was a punishment drill imposed on the entire unit. However, the death of the jawan got few soldiers agitated leading to the scuffle.
According to media reports, four officers were seriously injured in the clash and a Captain reportedly is in a critical condition with skull injuries. However as reported by NDTV, the Army Headquarters in Delhi, while confirming the death of a jawan, have denied that any other individual has been seriously injured. The Army has also denied that reinforcement units have moved into the area with the situation getting out of hand.
It further said that the incident is being investigated as is the practice in all cases of death during training.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 6:59 PM