Saturday, 28 May, 2022
Advertisement
HomeDefenceArmy plans disciplinary action against soldier at farmers' protest, troops being sensitised

Army plans disciplinary action against soldier at farmers’ protest, troops being sensitised

The Army is also in the process of identifying another soldier who had posted a video on social media in support of the farm protests.

Text Size:

New Delhi: The Indian Army will initiate disciplinary proceedings against a serving soldier who had participated in a farmers’ protest in Bathinda last month, a development which has led to local commanders sensitising the troops on the dos and don’ts.

The Army is also in the process of identifying another soldier who had posted a video on social media in support of the farm protests.

Sources in the defence and security establishment said soldiers are already aware of what they should and should not do. However, the local commanders are sensitising their men, they added.

The sources also said that in the case of the protests at Bhatinda, the soldier, who carried a placard in support of the farmers while wearing uniform and face shield, was identified after a probe was initiated when his pictures came out on social media.

Section 21 in The Army Act

The act by the soldier, who was on leave at that time, was in violation of the Army Act, 1950, which lays down clear rules against participation in protests, the sources added.

Section 21 in The Army Act, 1950 forbids a soldier from being a member of, or to be associated in any way with, any trade union or labour union, or any class of trade or labour unions or any society, institution or association, or any class of societies, institutions or associations

It also forbids soldiers from attending or addressing any meeting or to taking part in any demonstration organised by any body of persons for any political or other purposes.

Sources said that discipline is a big priority in the armed forces. “It was the farmers protest today, tomorrow, it might be something else. The armed forces are the last bastion for the nation and hence discipline is very important,” a source said.


Also read: Controversial Punjab DIG resigns in support of farmer ‘brothers’


 

Subscribe to our channels on YouTube & Telegram

Why news media is in crisis & How you can fix it

India needs free, fair, non-hyphenated and questioning journalism even more as it faces multiple crises.

But the news media is in a crisis of its own. There have been brutal layoffs and pay-cuts. The best of journalism is shrinking, yielding to crude prime-time spectacle.

ThePrint has the finest young reporters, columnists and editors working for it. Sustaining journalism of this quality needs smart and thinking people like you to pay for it. Whether you live in India or overseas, you can do it here.

Support Our Journalism

7 COMMENTS

  1. Salary is paid to him by government of India,not Kisan union,he forgot the oath he took,action will be only to refresh his memory,ha ha ha

    • From where money comes
      It’s comes from common citizens of our country
      And citizens are paying to to every of personal

  2. The OTA commandant in Chennai, was only transferred for sexual harassment. And this poor chap will face court martial for voicing the right cause?

    • Will you be so understanding if soldiers participate in rallies demanding anti-love jihad laws? Right cause is only in eyes of its supporters!

  3. An Army man who is a Punjabi or Hariyanvi has to has some sense of freternity of religion, faith, racial sentiment !! Nothing in this universe can deny this relationship between an Armymen and common Punjabi man !!

Comments are closed.

Most Popular

×