New Delhi: In a rare strict disciplinary action against its under-training gentlemen, Indian Military Academy (IMA) in Dehradun has demoted 16 cadets for beating up their juniors and taking their objectionable photos.
According to a report in the Times of India, these cadets have to repeat the six-month training as they have been "relegated to the next junior course" after they were found "violating the academy's standing orders and breaking discipline."
Now these cadets will pass out from the Academy in December this year instead of June.
Quoting an official from the IMA, the report says the strict punishment was awarded to the GC's to send out a strong message about the Academy's 'zero tolerance for any indiscipline'.
However, one of the 16 cadets, told that the punishment by the Academy is 'unjustified' as every year new cadets have to spend some initial months under the mentorship of their seniors and such punishments have been a part of the Academy's tradition.
Established in 1932, IMA is the country's training academy for military officers. Cadets have to undergo a training of 12 months. Candidates who come through Combined Defence Services Exam, have to undergo a training of 18 months.