Eight policemen including an Assistant Sub Inspector were harmed after dozens of Armymen jumped into a police headquarters in Jammu and Kashmir’s Ganderbal district and beat them up late last night, police said.
The harmed policemen have been moved to a hospital and a FIR has been registered against the Army for assaulting a police headquarters and thrashing policemen on duty.
The photos from the hospital show policemen with different wounds.
The scuffle allegedly broke out after a team of Armymen in civilian clothes, coming back from the Amarnath Yatra the previous evening, was halted at a barricade in Gund by policemen as no pilgrims are permitted to travel during the night after the recent terror attack on Amarnath Yatris in which eight were killed.
Police said the Armymen in civilian clothes insisted to move and thrashed the cops however police didn’t release them.
“We informed the Commanding Officer of a nearby Army camp that he should take these jawans to his camp for the night” said a cop. “But suddenly troops came and stormed a police headquarters in Gund, beat up cops, ransacked everything that came in their direction. Even police records were also damaged,” he said.
The police have filed a complaint against the Armymen for attacking the police headquarters and beating up the policemen on duty.
Inspector General of Police Kashmir, Munir Ahmad Khan, however tried to downplay the episode. “No policeman has been harmed. There was some fight between policemen and Army,” he said. “I have already spoken to top army authorities and they are ordering a court of inquiry into the incident,” said Mr Khan.