Indian Soldiers attacked J&K policemen, 8 wounded

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SRINAGAR: Indian Army soldiers allegedly hit J&K cops in Kashmir valley on Saturday due to which 7 policemen got injured. The incident took place after the police officials impeded private vehicles moving the soldiers in civil dress on Friday at a checkpost in Ganderbal district of central Kashmir.

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Nearly Seven policemen involving an assistant sub-inspector were wounded when armed forces in civvies beat them after a quarrel at a checkpost in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district. The case of assault has been lodged against the military of 24 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) unit.

The matter occurred when private vehicles, hauling soldiers in civil dress, were coming back from the Baltal base camp of the Amarnath yatra at around 2am and were being told to impede at the Sonamarg checkpost. The police made attempt to stop the soldiers, Ganderbal SSP Fayaz Ahmad Lone asserted.

Action of civilians at night is not permitted as a security step for the continuing Amarnath yatra.

As per the sources, As the vehicles did not bring to a standstill, the policemen at Sonamarg gave a note to the subsequent checkpost at Gund to hold up the vehicles.

The armed forces vehicles were stopped at Gund checkpost that led to an argument after which the military called their members from the 24 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) unit of the Army, who rushed to the area and attacked the police officials, police stated.

Later, Indian soldiers then entered into the Gund police station, searched it and attacked the on-duty policemen also.

Director General of Police, Jammu & Kashmir, S P Vaid informed the issue to Corps Commander of the Army’s Chinar Corps, Lieutenant General J S Sandhu. The investigation has started by Army. A complaint has been filed against the group of unidentified Army personnel at two police stations.

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However, defence spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia stated, “The issue was resoluted by the personal intrusion of senior officers. Steps to avert reoccurrence have been taken.”

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