The Indian Army has denied the reports that there was a “mutiny” in an infantry unit in the northeast after the death of a soldier during training.
There were reports about agitation by jawans in an Infantry unit in North East on May 14. Scuffles were also reported among jawans and officers following a jawan’s death.
“Few jawans got emotional and agitated on the death of jawan, some of them indulged in an agitated behaviour leading to minor scuffle, no one was seriously injured,” a top Army official was quoted by ANI as saying.
The death took place during a routine training activity, he said.
“The deceased jawan complained of chest pain prior to a route march and was checked by the unit medical officer who found him fit. He later collapsed during the march. He was rushed to the field ambulance where he died. An investigation is underway into the matter,” the officer said.
Earlier, reports on social media said that the unit was sent to a 10-km march, ordered after a confrontation between a Captain and a jawan. In the clash, a Captain and three officers were injured.
The Army Headquarters in Delhi has denied any other individual was seriously injured. They have already ordered a probe into the incident.
The incident is being investigated like all cases of death during training, the officer said. In a similar scuffle between officer and jawan, in 2013, a boxing bout turned into a bare-knuckles street fight between officers and men of an infantry unit near Meerut, ending with two majors and a jawan in hospital.