Further to Army’s statement issued yesterday on the incident at the Mahe Field Ranges in Ladakh Region during the field firing exercise of Field Regiment.
The Brigade Commander of the Artillery Brigade and General Officer Commanding of the Division interacted with the troops on 11 May 2012. The situation was brought well under control and the Regiment is being moved back from ranges to its location with effect from 12 May 2012. A Court of Inquiry to investigate into the circumstances under which the incident took place has commenced.
Misinterpretation and mischievous reporting to sensationalise the incident by some sections of print and electronic media need to be dispelled. Main issues are as under :-
(a) The entire episode can at worst be seen as an isolated act of indiscipline. It can in no way be termed as mutiny.
(b) No arms and ammunition have been used by anybody. The armoury has not been captured by the troops as is being wrongly reported.
(c) The Court of Inquiry will identify the complicity of the officers and men. However, nobody has been removed, dismissed or suspended.
(d) Col P Kadam, the Commanding Officer was not assaulted by other officers, as has been wrongly reported. The CO as well as Maj AK Sharma and Sepoy Suman Ghosh who suffered superficial injuries, have been given medical treatment.
(e) The situation is well under control.