J&K: 6 cops on Amarnath duty beaten up by soliders, claim police

Laura Christensen
July 23, 2017

Seven policemen were injured when they were thrashed by Army personnel after the cops stopped private vehicles carrying the soldiers in civil dress Friday evening at a checkpost in central Kashmir's Ganderbal district, police said.

Following a militant attack on Amarnath yatra bus in south Kashmir early this month, authorities issued Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) of not allowing yatri movement after 1930 hrs. "But after sometime troopers suddenly came and stormed police station in Gund and roughed up policemen and ransacked the office", the official said. It was further alleged that some Army personnel even entered into an altercation at the police station.

However, the armymen called their colleagues from the 24 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) unit, who reached the spot and allegedly thrashed the policemen, said the official.

Official sources told UNI that some private vehicles ferrying Army personnel in civvies, who were returning from Amarnath yatra, were stopped at a check-post at Gund in Ganderbal on Srinagar-Baltal base camp route late last night.

The Army said it had "amicably" resolved the issue with the police arising over the incident and termed it as a "minor altercation". "The matter has been resolved by personal intervention of senior officers.", Kalia said.

Reports said that the policemen were saved by the locals.

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

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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 added.

The Army men were travelling beyond the cut off time of 2pm for the vehicles to pass, said reports.

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

Meanwhile, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah demanded immediate action against Army personnel.

"In this regard case FIR No. 18/2017 U/S 147, 148,307,323, 332, 353,427, 120-B RPC has been registered". "Two of them have received grievous injuries", he added.

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