After an altercation with a senior police official over drinking alcohol at a public place late on Wednesday, more than a hundred army personnel ransacked Vijay Nagar (Indore) police station and allegedly manhandled a woman police officer in the wee hours of Thursday.
As per SP (East) OP Tripathi, few army men were standing outside a bar on Wednesday at around midnight. He told Hindustan Times:
“A PCR van went at the spot and told them to go home. They said that they are army officers and started arguing with the policemen. Suddenly, one of them attacked the policemen and broke the radio set of the policeman. On this, other policemen rushed to the spot and brought two of the army men to Vijay Nagar police station.”
After a primary quizzing at the Vijay Nagar police station, the two army men were released.
But early on Thursday morning, around 100 army men in informal clothes, came in jeeps and motorcycles and started vandalizing the police station.
“They have broken all the vehicles standing at the police station. They even took away the hard disk of the CCTV camera installed and have broken all the computers inside the Vijay Nagar police station premises.”
The army officials then manhandled the cops on duty at the police station and beat them up. Six cops, including a woman officer, were injured in the incident, said a police official.
After the 30-minute rampage, army personnel fled the scene and allegedly threatened the police of dire consequences if any case was registered against them.
“We have lodged a case against the unidentified army men and investigation in the case is going on.”
However, an army man claimed that during quizzing at the police station, they were beaten up and one army officer was seriously injured.
The man is admitted at Military Hospital, Mhow and is undergoing treatment.
A delegation by the army officials was sent to Indore to take stock of the situation.
Col J D Kaul of Army War College along with Maj Vibhu Sharma reached the police station at noon, the report of which will be submitted to station commander, Mhow (Indore).