An assistant sub-inspector (ASI) and six personnel of the Jammu and Kashmir Police were injured after they were allegedly thrashed by armymen in Ganderbal following an altercation on Friday night.
According to the police, over 30 personnel of the Army’s 24 Rashtriya Rifles in civvies were travelling during the intervening night of July 21-22 in four different vehicles on the Baltal-Srinagar route.
According to the police, policemen deployed on the Amarnath Yatra duty stopped vehicles carrying the army personnel, who were coming back after yatra, at a check point as it was past the cut off time. As per the directions of IG police Kashmir the cut off time for vehicles to pass Sonmarg is 2 PM.
The army personnel, who were in civvies and without identification, came down from the vehicles and started thrashing the on duty officer and other officials at Gund Police Station and even damaged property.
The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Saturday afternoon said its Director General Shesh Paul Vaid has been assured by the Commander of the Srinagar-based Chinar (15) Corps that action would be taken against the soldiers involved in the incident.
The injured police men were given the medical treatment while two of the seriously injured were under observation in the hospital , the official sources said.
Meanwhile, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah has demanded action be taken against the army personnel. "Why would the army beat up J&K police personnel in a police station? This requires immediate clarification/action by the authorities," Omar wrote on Twitter.
Meanwhile, police registered a case against the group of unknown army personnel for vandalizing the Gund police station and beating the cops inside the police station. The case was registered at two police stations , the official sources said.