Monday, May 11, 2015

15 more Indian soldiers convicted in mutiny case

Another 15 Indian Army soldiers have been convicted in cases arising from the 2012 Ladakh Mutiny. The Times of India report can be found here. Excerpt:
The punishment for the 15 soldiers, who were charged with inciting and joining the mutiny, is subject to confirmation by higher authorities. While the unit CO and three other officers have already been reprimanded and punished with varying degrees of loss of service for the purpose of pension, 10 soldiers were also earlier awarded seven to 10 years' RI [rigorous imprisonment].

The "marked increase" in indiscipline cases, "deteriorating officer-men relationship" and failure of "command and control" has caused a lot of unease in the highly-disciplined Army. One major factor is that "aspirational" jawans are now no longer willing to accept high-handed behaviour from officers.

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