Govt expresses concern over clashes in Army

The government has conveyed its concern to the top brass in the Army over incidents of fracas between jawans and officers. It has comes in the backdrop of over five such incidents being reported in the Army in the last three years. The concern was expressed at the recently held Combined Commanders’ Conference here which was addressed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and defence minister AK Antony. The top defence brass was told that the educational and the social background of the jawans have changed in the recent years and there was a need for the officers to handle them in proper manner, sources said. A need for sensitising the officers regarding their dealings with the jawans was also felt, they said. There have been several such incidents since 2010 in which jawans and officers have clashed over one reason or the other. Last month, an altercation during a boxing match led to a clash between officers and soldiers of an Army unit in Meerut in Uttar Pradesh, leaving three personnel including the second-in-command of the 10 Sikh Light Infantry unit injured. Army chief Gen Bikram Singh, who is the Colonel of the Regiment, while taking serious note of the incident, had ordered an expeditious court of inquiry (COI) and punishment to the guilty.
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