A jawan of the Indian Army in Northeast has died, possibly of a heart attack, after the entire unit was sent on a 10 kilometre march.
The jawan had complained of chest pain prior to the route march but when checked by the unit medical officer he was found fit.
However, later he collapsed during the route march and was brought to the Field Ambulance where he succumbed.
The incident sparked an angry outburst among 4-5 jawans in the area which resulted in a fight between soldiers and officers who were dealing with the situation. The Army has confirmed that this fight has resulted in injuries.
The Army issued a statement after reports emerged on social media of a “mutiny-like” situation involving officers and jawans in the area. In a statement to the media, the Indian Army has said, “A case of death of a jawan during routine training activity has taken place in an infantry unit in the North East. It is NOT a case of any mutiny. The Jawan complained of chest pain prior to route march – was checked by unit MO (Medical Officer) and found fit. The jawan later collapsed during route march – was brought to the Field Ambulance where he succumbed,” reported NDTV
According to the reports, the 10-km march was a punishment drill which was ordered on the unit after a physical confrontation between a Captain and a jawan.
In this clash, a Captain and three officers were badly injured. The Captain reportedly is in critical condition with skull injuries.
Army Headquarters in Delhi, while confirming the death of a jawan in the subsequent 10-km march, have denied that any other individual has been seriously injured. The Army has also denied that reinforcement units have moved into the area with the situation getting out of hand.