The Hinjewadi police on Sunday night arrested four rugby players of the Armoured Corps Centre, Ahmednagar, for allegedly thrashing four villagers of Mhalunge village in Mulshi taluka over a petty dispute. The incident took place outside the Balewadi sports complex hostel at Mhalunge around 7.30 pm.
The arrested players are Sureshsingh Survirsingh Sajwan (32) of Uttarakhand, Rohitsingh Brajvarsingh Sivach (25) of Meerut, Rajsingh Pavankumar Panu (25) of Haryana and Jitendra Gaje Dhama (26) of Uttar Pradesh. Villagers Mahendra Nivrutti Golande (30), Ashish Sitaram Lokhande (20), Ranjit Shantaram Padale (21) and Bhusan Purshottam Padale (22) were also arrested following a a cross-complaint lodged by army man Sajwan.
Inspector Parshuram Patil (crime) told TOI that the army men and other players had reached the sports complex on Sunday for practising rugby. Meanwhile, four villagers were going to Wakad on motorcycles. The villagers had a close shave when the Army players’ vehicle took a U-turn and came in front of the motorcycles.
According to Patil, the incident led to an altercation between the Army players and the villagers, and both groups engaged in a fracas. “One of the players hit villager Kunwal Padwal with a bat on his head, causing serious injuries. Three others were also injured in the incident,” he added.
Acting on a complaint registered by Mahendra Nivrutti Golande (30) of Mhalunge, the army men were arrested on charges of causing injuries to Padwal and others.
The police produced both the groups before the court and sought their seven days’ police custody remand. However, judicial magistrate first class Y P Marulkar rejected the pleas as no sufficient grounds were cited by the police for seeking their custody.
Marulkar released Golande and others on personal bonds of Rs 15,000 each with one solvent surety of the same amount. They have been ordered to give attendance at the Hinjewadi police station every Thursday between 10 am and 12 noon till chargesheet against them were filed or next order, whichever was earlier. The court warned them not to tamper with the prosecution’s evidence and co-operate with the police. The army men also were released on personal bonds of Rs 15,000 each.
Meanwhile, the Army filed a plea to transfer the probe as per section 475 of the Criminal Procedure Code for conducting proceedings against them under the Army Act. But, assistant public prosecutor Rajendra Suryavanshi objected to transferring of investigations on the grounds that it was at a preliminary stage. Marulkar ruled that the issue will be decided at the time of filing chargesheet.
When contacted, the defence public relations officer Sanjay Arvikar said that he had no comments to offer on the arrest of army men as he was not aware about the incident.
Even as the Army has started a court of inquiry into the breach of discipline at Nyoma in eastern Ladakh, where officers and jawans of an artillery regiment clashed against each other, the Hinjewadi police on Sunday night arrested four rugby players of the Army Core Centre at Ahmednagar for allegedly thrashing a few villagers of Mhalunge gram panchayat over a petty dispute. The incident took place outside Balewadi sports complex hostel at Mhalunge about 7.30 pm.
-via Times Of India.