New Delhi: Eight policemen were injured in Jammu and Kashmir’s Ganderbal district on the night of July 21 after Indian army soldiers entered into a police station and thrashed them. The soldiers belong to the 24 Rashtriya Rifles.
According to NDTV, the eight – including an assistant sub inspector – have been moved to a hospital and an FIR has been registered against the attackers.
The incident occurred when the army personnel – who were dressed in civilian clothing – were stopped at a barricade in the district by policemen while they were returning from the Amarnath yatra.
Since the July 10 terrorist attack in Anantnag that left seven Amarnath pilgrims dead and over 30 injured, pilgrims are barred from traveling during the night.
“The vehicles carrying the army personnel were coming back after yatra. Due to the already issued cut-off timing and present circumstance it was not feasible to allow yatris after cut-off time,” Indian Express quoted an officer as saying.
According to police officials, the army personnel insisted on being allowed to pass and upon being denied, they beat the cops.
“We informed the commanding officer of a nearby army camp that he should take these jawans to his camp for the night,” a police officer told NDTV.
According to Indian Express, the soldiers – travelling in four different vehicles – escaped forcibly from the naka point and raided the police station. They beat up cops and ransacked the place, as a result even damaging police records, an official added.
While former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah took to Twitter to demand action against those involved, the army, on its part, has termed the incident a “minor altercation” and claimed that the issue with the police has been “amicably” resolved.
Why would the army beat up J&K police personnel in a police station? This requires immediate clarification/action by the authorities. https://t.co/Biu72SnjPd
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) July 22, 2017
In an attempt to downplay the incident, Munir Ahmad Khan, the inspector general of police, denied any altercation between policemen and army and claimed that no policemen had been injured.
According to Khan, a “court of inquiry” is being ordered to probe the incident.