Army apologized for roughing up policemen: IGP

Inspector General of Police, Kashmir Range said that the Army has apologized for beating up eight policemen in Ganderbal last week.

“The Army has apologized and ordered a court of inquiry,” IGP said. He said development came after the Director General of Police (DGP) lodged a strong protest against the Saturday evening incident when the soldiers returning from the Amarnath Yatra were stopped at a checkpost in Gund area by the policemen.

Pertinently, seven policemen were injured when they were beaten up by armed force personnel at a check-post.

Police later registered a case against the Army personnel, an official said. He said that the Army personnel also damaged the records kept at a police station.

The incident took place when private vehicles, carrying army personnel in civvies, were returning from the Baltal base camp of Amarnath yatra. The army men were signaled to stop at the Sonamarg check-post, but they did’nt  stop and kept proceeding towards Ganderbal.

Following this the police personnel at Sonamarg post sent a message to the next check post at Gund to stop the vehicles. 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.

As the policemen informed the army men that there were strict directions not to allow any movement of yatra vehicles, the army men called up other personnel and thrashed the on-duty police men.

“ The army men called their colleagues from the 24 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) unit, who reached the spot and allegedly thrashed the policemen,’’ said the police official. He added that the army men barged into the Gund police station, ransacked it, “damaged the records kept there, and assaulted the on-duty policemen.’’

Seven policemen, including an assistant sub-inspector, were injured and taken to hospital, the official said. The police have registered a case against the personnel attached to 24 RR, he said.




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