By: Pankaj Sood
Solan: In yet another incident of clash between civilians and Air Force officials, five pilots have been booked for allegedly beating local residents and creating ruckus at Kasuali Cantonment area. Local police registered a case under sections 325, 323, 341 and 34 of IPC against the pilots working at Chandigarh Air Force station. These pilots were staying in a guest house belonging to Military Hospital, Kasauli. Police said, all booked pilots were badly drunken and were using abusive language.
Air Force officers involved in the incident were identified as Vikas Ramola, Ravi Nanda, Rajnish Chand Katoch, Adipt Patni. Identity of the fifth officer involved in the incident was not revealed. DSP Narvir Singh Rathore confirmed the case against the pilots. The incident happened on Saturday late night at around 11 pm when these pilots tried to forcibly enter a local hotel for drinks. It is learnt that when the hotel manager, Usman Khan, informed the pilots that they had no restaurant for non-hotel residents, the pilots threatened him and started shouting abusive language on the road-side. Following this, some local people reached the site and tried to pacify the pilots. It has been alleged that the pilots started beating one Ajmer Singh, a local cable operator, who lost seven teeth in the incident. He complained to the police that he was hit by an iron rod.
It may be noted that this is not the first case of clash between Air Force officials and locals, but locals complain that officials get away due to cantonment laws being applicable in the area.