Police have registered cases against nearly 150 army men from Mhow, a cantonment town near Indore, for rioting and impeding government servants in Indore, said reports. The incident took place in the wake of beating up of two army officers for objecting to ragging in a medical college.
Reports said that army men vandalized window panes and ransacked furniture of Sri Aurobindo College of Medical Sciences (SAIMS) late on Monday retaliating beating up of their colleagues by medicos.
“Around 140-150 army men have been booked for rioting and obstructing government servants. They were also booked for attempting to commit robbery when armed with deadly weapons. They even tried to snatch a mobile phone from a senior police officer after their photographs were clicked,” Banganga police station in-charge RL Bhadoria said.
Earlier, two students of SAIMS were arrested and eight others booked for abusing, rioting and beating two officers from Mhow’s Infantry School.
It may be mentioned that the two officers were dropping off a student at the medical college and had objected to alleged ragging in the college, when they were attacked.
The retaliatory action by the army men occurred despite registration of cases against 10 college students under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and arrest of two of them, police officers said.
Army authorities said that they have launched a full scale investigation.