Troops barge into PS Kupwara; thrashes cops, 5 injured

Beating of cops mis-founded, incorrect: Army

Fayaz Bukhari

SRINAGAR, May 29: At least five policemen, including an officer, were injured last night after soldiers allegedly barged into the Police Station Kupwara and beat up the cops.
An official said that last night after a team of Police Station Kupwara during investigation of a case raided the house of a Territorial Army jawan at Batapora village in Kupwara and detained him for questioning.
After the police team returned from the village, the soldiers led by an officer from the unit of Territorial Army in the middle of the night barged into the Police Station and allegedly assaulted the cops including an officer.
Five cops including an officer were injured in the thrashing incident and four of them were shifted to Srinagar’s Sher-e- Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) for treatment.
The four injured cops were identified as Constable Saleem Mushtaq, Constable Zahoor Ahmad, Imtiyaz Ahmad Malik and Rayees Khan, both Special Police Officers (SPO). The condition of all the injured is stated to be stable.
The official said before leaving the Police Station, a policeman was taken by the Army and set free after 3 am.

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There was no official word from the police, but a case under several sections including rioting, attempt to murder, abduction and robbery has been registered in the Police Station Kupwara against the Army.
The CCTV footage of the Police Station shows that Army men led by a senior officer barged into the Police Station and thrashed the cops.
The Srinagar based defence spokesman rebutted allegations that its soldiers had beaten up some policemen in Kupwara and termed the incident as a result of “minor differences” between the police and Territorial Army.
“Reports of an altercation between police and Army personnel and beating up therein of police personnel are misfounded and incorrect. Minor differences between the police personnel and a Territorial Army unit on an operational matter have been amicably resolved,” the spokesman said.