For a change, Army men thrash cops

For a change, Army men thrash cops

Ganderbal: Six policemen were injured in a scuffle with army personnel in Jammu and Kashmir's Ganderbal district.

A statement issued by the police, while giving the details of the incident, said during the intervening night of July 21 and 22 a group of 30 personnel of the 24 RR in civvies travelling in four vehicles escaped forcibly from the naka point established by police station Sonamarg at Poney Stand. These vehicles were returning from the Yatra.

"The infuriated soldiers then thrashed the eight policemen and also ransacked the Gund police station", the police said. It was further alleged that some Army personnel even entered into an altercation at the police station. "Besides, belonging of some policemen was also damaged by the irate army personnel", sources said.

The policemen allegedly stopped the soldiers at a barricade in Gund when they were returning after the Amarnath Yatra on Friday night. "The matter has been resolved by personal intervention of senior officers.", Kalia said.

The police registered a case against the personnel attached to the 24 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) unit of the Army after the policemen, including an assistant sub-inspector, who were on Amarnath Yatra duty, were injured in the assault by the armymen.

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"The army men got down from the vehicles and roughed up the policemen on duty", he added.

"We informed the Commanding Officer of a nearby Army camp that he should take these jawans to his camp for the night" said a police officer.

The naka party of P/S Gund Ganderbal headed by ASI Gh Rasool No.26/T stopped the said vehicles as per the directions.

The soldiers allegedly thrashed the police check post at Sonamarg which had stopped them from going ahead. Police has registered a case against the army men. "Later, the army men led by a captain-rank officer barged into a police station in the area and beat the policemen", he said.

Kalia said measures to prevent recurrence have been taken. "This requires immediate clarification/action by the authorities", Mr Abdullah wrote on Twitter. However, they were later joined by the army personnel in uniform, he added.

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