Army thrashes policemen, 7 injured in Ganderbal


    Omar Abdullah, Mirwaiz, HR activist reacts

    SRINAGAR : Seven policemen were injured in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district today when they were allegedly thrashed by Army personnel.

    Sources told PRESS TRUST OF KASHMIR that Police have filed a case against the Army personnel, adding that records kept at a police station were also damaged.

    Reports said that the incident took place when private vehicles, carrying Army personnel in civvies, were returning from the Baltal base camp of the Amarnath Yatra and were signalled to stop at the Sonamarg checkpost. The vehicles did not stop and kept proceeding towards Ganderbal, it adds.

    Policemen at Sonamarg sent a message to the next check post at Gund to stop the vehicles, said the official. Adding that as the vehicles reached Gund, policemen manning the check post stopped them and did not let them proceed further as the cut-off time for yatra vehicles had already passed. Police said the Armymen in civilian clothes insisted to move and thrashed the cops but police didn’t let them go.

    “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. “But suddenly troops came and stormed a police station in Gund, beat up cops, ransacked everything that came in their way. Even police records were also damaged,” he said.

    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.

    Meanwhile former chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted that “Why would the army beat up J&K police personnel in a police station? This requires immediate clarification/action by the authorities”.

    Human rights activist Khurram Parvez while talking to PRESS TRUST OF KASHMIR said that army never maintains discipline in Kashmir valley. “It was not for the first time that army beaten police, during the period of 90’s they even beaten ministers”, he said.

    He added that its common in Kashmir. “We have seen such incident in valley it’s not new for the people of Kashmir, he said that when the incident of yatra happen its shows everything whole days about yatra attack now why they can’t take say something about police issue which was happen during wee hours in Kashmir”.

    However Mirwaiz Umar Farooq tweeted that, “Sad to hear about the severe beating of Kashmiri policemen by army, by virtue of being Kashmiri even those who aid state oppression not spared”!

    Srinagar based Defense Spokesperson has released a statement with regard to Gund incident that reads: “A minor altercation took place yesterday night between some Army personnel returning from Amarnath Yatra in civil dress and JKP personnel at Gund.

    “No major injuries were suffered in the incident and the matter has been resolved by personal intervention of senior officers. Measures to prevent recurrence have been taken”, the statement reads.