Policemen Injured In Scuffle With Armymen In Kashmir's Ganderbal District

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Six policemen, including an Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI), were injured when Army soldiers allegedly thrashed them after being stopped at a check-post in central Kashmir district of Ganderbal.

A case has been registered by the police and senior army and police officials are investigating the matter. As per the reports, 32 Army soldiers of 24 RR, travelling in a civilian vehicle, barged into a police station and beat up the policemen on duty late Friday night. The cut off time for the vehicles is 2 PM. They were stopped at the Gund Police Station.

Police sources informed that after the attack on Amarnath pilgrims in South Kashmir on July 10 this month, authorities had issued directions to police not to allow any vehicle carrying pilgrims from Baltal towards Srinagar during evening hours.

However, the soldiers called their colleagues from the 24 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) unit of the Army, who reached the spot and thrashed the policemen, the officials said.

An enquiry has been ordered into the incident, India.com quoted SSP Ganderbal Fayaz Ahmed Lone as saying.

The Army men were travelling beyond the cut off time of 2pm for the vehicles to pass, said reports.

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According to eyewitness accounts, which form a part of the police case, the locals came to the rescue of the policemen. They also alleged that the police station was ransacked.

The injured were admitted to hospital. "Besides taking legal cognizance the IGP Kashmir Munir Ahmad Khan brought the matter into the notice of Corp Commander and the GoC Victor force who acted firmly and resolved the issue by way of sending a senior officer to Police Station Gund and assuring action against the erring officer and his men". Sonamarg Police and Gund Police station have registered FIRs against the army personnel.

Later an argument took place between the two sides over a checkpoint.

The incident took place after the Army personnel were stopped at a police barricade in Gund by policemen.

The Army said it had "amicably" resolved the issue with the police arising over the incident and termed it as a "minor altercation".

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