Srinagar: Two policemen, including the Station House Officer (SHO), were beaten late last evening by army soldiers near Deputy Commissioner’s Office in Kupwara, police sources said.
They said that army personnel from 41 Rashtriya Rifles caught hold of the policemen following a scuffle and beat them up. One of them, Shabir Ahmad ‘munshi’ was beaten severely they said, adding he was later taken to sub district hospital in Kupwara.
The scuffle, they said, started when the ‘Munshi’ intervened to alleged irksome behaviour of the army personnel with a civilian who was asked to come out of the vehicle he was travelling in.
The army personnel, police sources said, even loaded their guns but the SHO, Tariq Ahmad, came in front of ‘munshi’ and asked them to shoot him first. Later better sense prevailed and army men retrieved after senior officials of both police and army reached the spot.
When contacted SSP Kupwara Samsher Hussain said that there was a scuffle and “all officers are on the spot to review the situation.”
“There was a minor scuffle and nothing else,” he said.
The incident comes less than a month after several policemen, including an officer, were injured when soldiers of 24 Rashtriya Rifles entered into a police station at Gund Ganderbal in central Kashmir and thrashed them. (GNS)