Eight cops thrashed by army personnel in Kashmir

Jul 23, 2017, 00:43
Eight cops thrashed by army personnel in Kashmir

At least six policemen were injured after a scuffle broke between Army personnel and Police in Ganderbal district of Jammu and Kashmir over an argument at a checkpoint on Saturday. "The army men traveling in a civilian vehicle barged into Gund police station and thrashed the policemen", the official said.

Police told the armymen that there were strict directions not to allow any movement of yatra vehicles after the cut-off time as that could put them at risk. It was further alleged that some Army personnel even entered into an altercation at the police station.

Two of the policemen have been grievously injured, the sources said.

"No major injuries were suffered in the incident and the matter has been resolved by personal intervention of senior officers", Kalia said.

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The injured policemen have been moved to a hospital and an FIR has been registered against the Armymen.

However, the Army men in civvies without showing any identification came down from the vehicles and started thrashing the on-duty officer and other officials, resulting in injuries to said ASI.

The matter has been taken up with the Army which has assured of a thorough inquiry into the incident.

Police have filed a case against the Army personnel, an official said, adding that records kept at a police station were also damaged.

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After creating havoc inside the police station, the army men before leaving the place took along all the 32 men in plain clothes. "Measures to prevent recurrence have been taken", he said.

The soldiers allegedly thrashed the police check post at Sonamarg which had stopped them from going ahead.

Former J&K Chief Minister and opposition National Conference working president Omar Abdullah reacted strongly to the incident.

At around 10 on Friday evening, a police naka party stopped four Sumo vehicles near Glacial Hotel in Sonamarg that were coming from Baltal.

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Army officials said they are ascertaining the details of the incident and would be able to comment only "when we know what exactly happened".

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