Srinagar: Army on Tuesday said it has taken strict
disciplinary action against a soldier who was guilty of
assaulting a group of tourists from Rajasthan in the south
Kashmir resort of Pahalgam.
"General Officer Commanding of Srinagar based 15 Corps Lt
Gen Syed Atta Hasnain ordered a fast track enquiry into the
incident which found the jawan guilty of unsoldierly conduct
which has tarnished the name of the Army," Defense spokesman
Lt Col JS Brar said in a statement.
He said "strict disciplinary action" has been taken
against the soldier. However, the spokesman did not elaborate
on the action taken against the erring soldier.
Police had yesterday registered a case against an Army
soldier for assaulting a group of tourists from Rajasthan who
were on a holiday in the south Kashmir resort of Pahalgam.
Several people, including women, were injured in the
assault on the group of tourists by the soldier, who was
carrying a rifle at the time of the incident.
A vegetable vendor, Arshid Ahmad Bhat of Anantnag
district, also suffered head injuries when he tried to save
the tourists and was beaten up by the soldier.
"The GOC has passed implicit directions to rank and file
to maintain the highest standards of conduct and ensure that
such incidents, although an aberration, are never repeated
again," the defense spokesman said.