Army man thrash policemen in Kupwara

Two policemen, including the Station House Officer (SHO), were allegedly thrashed on Friday evening by the army near Deputy Commissioner’s Office in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, reports said.

According to the reports, army personnel from 41 Rashtriya Rifles caught hold of the policemen following a scuffle when the ‘Munshi’ intervened to alleged irksome behavior of the army personnel with a civilian who was asked to come out of the vehicle he was traveling in.

Reports said that Shabir Ahmad ‘Munshi’ was beaten severely. He was later taken to sub district hospital in Kupwara for specialized treatment.

The army personnel, they said, even loaded their guns but the SHO, Tariq Ahmad, covered the ‘Munshi’ and asked them to shoot him first. Later better sense prevailed and the army men retrieved.

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. All officers are at the spot and are reviewing the situation. There is nothing else,” he said.

He said that army had seized the vehicle of a local civilian and the Munshi had gone there to get his vehicle released. However, the army didn’t release the vehicle which resulted in a minor altercation between the Munshi and the army men. The matter was later resolved amicably, he said.

SSP Shamsher also said that Army officials have also apologized for the behavior of the army personnel who were involved in the incident.

Meanwhile, this is the second incident in 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.

During intervening night of July 21-22 this year, a group of more than 30 soldiers of 24 RR in civvies travelling in four different vehicles escaped forcibly from the naka point established by police station Sonmarg at Pony Stand.

The soldiers, who were in plain clothes, without showing any identification came down from the vehicles and started thrashing the on-duty officer and other officials, resulting in injuries to the ASI on the spot.

Police later said that Army parties of Gund and Surbraw 24 RR camps entered the police station in Gund and thrashed all the police personnel present inside while also damaging some official records as well.

A case FIR No. 18/2017 U/S 147, 148,307,323, 332, 353,427, 120-B RPC was registered by the police.

Later the police said that issue has been amicably resolved and the army assured that such incidents won’t reoccur.

Meanwhile, the army officials refused to comment on the issue today.

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