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Minders for army officers in discs

The army is considering deploying military police to keep in check officers and jawans at New Year’s eve parties.

Fort William denied that the proposal was prompted by the incidents on the last New Year’s eve, when jawans and officers went on the rampage at Park Street police station.

According to an army officer, the presence of military police will ensure that the jawans and officers behave themselves and do not go overboard while partying on and around Park Street.

“The military policemen may accompany the armymen in discotheques and nightclubs on December 31. The military police personnel will keep a watch and ensure that there is no misunderstanding between the army personnel and the cops,” said an army spokesperson.

“Military policemen always accompany army officers. Our main purpose is to ensure that no violent incident takes place on that night, as everybody will be in a party mood,” he added.

Brandishing automatic weapons, a group of soldiers in uniform had vandalised Park Street police station last New Year’s eve. The armymen beat up and injured 11 policemen, and forcibly freed a major and captain, who were arrested on the charge of eve-teasing.

Calcutta police has welcomed the proposal. “It is really good if military policemen accompany army officers to nightclubs on New Year’s eve. The Park Street area will be crowded on December 31 night and the presence of military police will prove to be a great help,” said additional commissioner (I) S.N. Sarkar.

Another officer said the deputy commissioner (south) would be at Park Street police station on New Year’s eve and other officers will keep him posted about the situation. “We have instructed our men to not get into confrontations with the army officers and take the help of military police,” he added.

Officers and jawans have been briefed on keeping themselves in check on New Year’s eve, said a Fort William officer. “They can enjoy themselves, but there should not be any drunken brawl. What happened last year was unfortunate.”

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