The Indian army has completed its court of inquiry into the violent clash between officers and jawans at a field firing range in Nyoma in Ladakh, close to the Indo- China border on the Line of Actual Control — considered to be one of the most serious occurrences of indiscipline in the history of Indian army.
Sources have confirmed to the DNA that the court of inquiry has recommended stringent punishment against those responsible and involved in the brawl as the probe has found it to be a serious case of “failure of command and control”. As a result some officers and jawans may face strict action which is likely to be court martial or disciplinary and vigilance ban.
Three officers and eight jawans including the commanding officer of the 226 Field Firing Regiment, had sustained serious injuries in the brawl that broke out on May 10 last year at Mahe firing range near Nyoma in Ladakh.
According to the sources, the CoI headed by Brigadier Ajay Talwar, deputy GoC of 3rd Division, has submitted his report to the Leh-based 14 corps commander and will soon be forwarded to the army headquarters for further action.
“After examining 220 witness which include five officers, 111 JCOs and other ranks and even five civilians, a court of inquiry of about 2000 pages has been completed with strong recommendation of disciplinary action against some officers and jawans involved in a serious case of failure of command structure,” said an army official.