Army thrashes cop, case registered

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, July 22: Army personnel who were returning from Amarnath Yatra last night beat up Police men and ransacked a police Station in Central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district after they were asked to stop at a Police naka established for regulation of the Yatra.
Police said that during intervening night of 21/22-07-2017, a group of 30 personnel of 24 RR in civvies travelling in 4 different vehicles escaped forcibly from the Naka point established by police station Sonamarg at Poney Stand.
“The said vehicles carrying the Army personnel  were coming back after Yatra. Due to the already issued cut off timing and present circumstance, it was not feasible to allow yatris after cut off time”, police said.
“The naka party of P/S Gund Ganderbal headed by ASI Ghulam Rasool No.26/T stopped the said vehicles as per the directions.  However, the personnel, who were in civvies without showing any identification, came down from the vehicles and started thrashing the on duty officer and other officials, resulting in injuries to said ASI on spot”, the statement said.
“After that Army parties of COB Gund and COB Surfraw 24 RR headed by Captain Shukla along with the personnel in civvies entered in P/S Gund and thrashed/injured all the police personnel present in the P/S and damaged some records of P/S Gund Ganderbal as well as some belongings of officials. In this regard case FIR No. 18/2017 U/S 147, 148, 307, 323, 332, 353, 427 and 120-B RPC has been registered”, police said.
Police also said that Director General of Police, Dr SP Vaid, has taken up the issue with Corps Commander, Lt Gen JS Sandhu and he has assured action against erring Army personnel. “DGP  @spvaid  has taken up the #Gund  Ganderbal incident with Corp Commander who is looking into it and has assured action”, Police tweeted.
Srinagar based Defence spokesman, Col Rajesh Kalia said that the issue has been resolved and measures have been taken to prevent such incidents in future. “A minor altercation took place yesterday night between some Army personnel returning from Amarnath Yatra in civil dress and JKP personnel at Gund.  No major injuries were suffered in the incident and the matter has been resolved by personal intervention of senior officers. Measures to prevent recurrence have been taken”, he added.


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