Amid resplendent celebration across the country at the 70th Independence Day of India, some NCC cadets in Mohali of Punjab seemingly had tough times. Allegedly, a few NCC cadets at the Government college in phase VI in Mohali were thrashed by their ‘instructor/mentor’ with a leather belt, soon after the celebrations at the college.
Reports of the alleged thrashing came to the fore after a video of the same went viral on social networking sites. The video depicts an angry turbaned young man lashing at the cadets with a belt while the cadets were seen lying down with their faces downwards. As reported by the Tribune, the angry youth, identified as Gurwinder Singh, is a contract employee in the water supply department and is reportedly a former student of the college.
Even as Deputy Commissioner Gurpreet Singh asserted strict look into the matter, the college authorities, victims and the accused tried to play down the matter claiming that it is a ‘non-serious act’. However, Singh has directed the Additional Deputy Commissioner Charandev Singh Mann for a detailed inquiry and has asked for thorough investigation by the Senior Superintendent of Police, Kuldeep Singh Chahal.
As reported by The Tribune, the Principal of the college, Komal Baroka, confirming that the accused youth is a former student, has further said, “The so-called victims and the accused were having fun. We have recorded the statements of all of them, including Gurwinder Singh, in which they stated that no thrashing took place.”
Reportedly, Gurwinder had prepared the NCC cadets for the parade during the Independence Day celebration. While he had admitted to have reprimanded the cadets for allegedly doing pushups in their uniform, the victims, reportedly identified as Amrit, Uttam Rawat, Prince, Satwinder Singh, Divyanshu, Manjit Singh and Ankush Dhiman, also supported the claim.