Army thrashes cops, ransacks police station

8 Policemen Injured In Scuffle With Armymen In Kashmir's Ganderbal District
The injured policemen have been shifted to a hospital
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23 July, 2017

Late Friday night, army men barged into the police Gund in Ganderbal district and thrashed policemen including an officer and ransacked the property.

"A minor altercation took place yesterday night between some army personnel returning from Amarnath Yatra in civil dress and JKP personnel at Gund", army pokesperson Colonel Rajesh Kalia said in a statement.

State Police chief S P Vaid has taken up the incident with "the corps commander who is looking into the incident and had promised action", police said.

The army has said that the issue has been sorted out after intervention by senior officers of army as well as police.

The injured policemen have been moved to a hospital and an FIR has been registered against the armymen for attacking a police station and thrashing policemen on duty.

"After the troopers insisted that they be allowed to travel, we informed the commanding officer of a nearby army camp that he should take these men to the camp for night".

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The matter has been taken up with the Army which has assured of a thorough inquiry into the incident. "Assistant Sub-Inspector Ghulam Rasool stopped the vehicles as per the directions".

A police spokesman while confirming the incident said 30 army men in civvies travelling in four vehicles escaped forcibly from the naka point established by police station Sonmarg at Poney Stand in Gund during intervening night of 21/22-07-2017. "Measures to prevent recurrence have been taken", he said.

The Army men were travelling beyond the cut off time of 2pm for the vehicles to pass, said reports. The armymen allegedly damaged desktops and laptops at the police station, besides tearing off the Daily Diary (DD).

An FIR (No.18/2017) has been registered under various sections of the Ranbir Penal code including 147, 148, 307, 323, 332, 353, 427 and 120-B RPC has been registered, the police said.

He said J&K police party was implementing the SOP of not allowing yatri movement after 7.30 pm. However, they were later joined by the army personnel in uniform, he added. "This requires immediate clarification/action by the authorities (sic)", he wrote on Twitter.


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