Ganderbal: At least seven policemen including two officers were wounded when Indian Army soldiers from two army camps in Central Kashmir's Ganderbal district barged into a local police station in the middle of the night, creating havoc inside the station, even not sparing the Station House Officer.
The incident took place when private vehicles, carrying Army personnel in civil dress, were returning from the Baltal base camp of Amarnath yatra and were signalled to stop at the Sonamarg checkpost.
Police told the armymen that there were strict directions not to allow any movement of yatra vehicles after the cut-off time as that could put them at risk.
"The infuriated soldiers then thrashed the six policemen and also ransacked the Gund police station", the sources said.
"Spoke to Core Commander who was prompt to depute senior army officers to police station Gund & assured action against erring army personnel", Vaid tweeted.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, the Hurriyat Conference (m) chairperson on Saturday expressed sorrow over the thrashing of policemen by army in Ganderbal.
Reports said the scuffle allegedly broke out after a group of army men in civilian clothes, returning from the Hindu pilgrimage of Amarnath, was stopped by policemen citing security reasons.
"The army men got down from the vehicles and roughed up the policemen on duty", he added. "Measures to prevent recurrence have been taken", he said.
According to police officials, the army personnel insisted on being allowed to pass and upon being denied, they beat the cops.
Later, police registered an FIR against army men for attacking a police station and beating policemen.
A case has been registered by the police and senior army and police officials are investigating the matter. "This requires immediate clarification/action by the authorities", Mr Abdullah wrote on Twitter.
"Why would the army men beat up J&K police personnel in a police station?"
Army officials said they are ascertaining the details of the incident and would be able to comment only "when we know what exactly happened".
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