Armymen on way back from Amarnath clash with police, six injured

When the Armymen told the police officials they were returning from the Amarnath Yatra, police argued that as per the new Yatra timings, which are being strictly enforced after the recent attacks on Yatris, the Armymen were on the road past the cut-off hour.

Written by Mir Ehsan | Srinagar | Published:July 23, 2017 4:55 am
JK Soldiers, JK Cops, Jammu and Kashmir Army, Jammu and Kashmir Police Thrashed, Jammu and Kashmir Army Thrashes Police, JK News, Indian Express, Indian Express News The Army, which called the incident a minor scuffle, assured action against the soldiers and said the dispute had been resolved. Police officials said the clash started when policemen stopped some Army personnel who were in civilian clothes at a naka. (Representative Image)

Six policemen, including an officer, were injured when soldiers of 24 Rashtriya Rifles entered into a police station at Gund in Ganderbal, around 25 km from Srinagar, late on Friday night and allegedly threatened and thrashed the men. Police have registered a case against the soldiers, with J&K Director General of Police S P Vaid also taking up the matter with the Corps Commander, 15 Corps.

The Army, which called the incident a minor scuffle, assured action against the soldiers and said the dispute had been resolved. Police officials said the clash started when policemen stopped some Army personnel who were in civilian clothes at a naka. A senior police officer said more than 30 soldiers of the 24 RR were travelling in four different vehicles when they were stopped, on the intervening night of July 21-22, by the naka party of Police Station Gund Ganderbal, headed by Assistant Sub-Inspector Ghulam Rasool.

When the Armymen told the police officials they were returning from the Amarnath Yatra, police argued that as per the new Yatra timings, which are being strictly enforced after the recent attacks on Yatris, the Armymen were on the road past the cut-off hour. “The Armymen who were in their civvies showed no identification, came down from the vehicles and started thrashing the on-duty officer and other officials, resulting in injuries to the ASI,” said the police officer.

Later, as per the police, the Army parties of Gund and Surbraw 24 RR camps, headed by Captain Shukla, arrived at the police station in Gund and thrashed all the police personnel present while also damaging some official records. “Why would the Army beat up J&K Police personnel in a police station? This requires immediate clarification/action by the authorities,” former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted. Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said it was “sad to hear about the severe beating of Kashmiri policemen by the Army”. “By virtue of being Kashmiri, even those who aid State oppression not spared!” he said.

Constable Mohammad Aslam, who claimed to have been beaten by the soldiers, said, “At the time of the incident, I was at my rented accommodation, close to the Gund police station. I heard some noises from the roadside. I went out to check at the naka. There were men with sticks in their hands having altercation with my colleagues on duty. They were arguing that faujis cannot be stopped like this. They said, ‘Hum gaadi ko jala denge (We will set the vehicle on fire),” said Aslam.

The Constable added that the soldiers refused to be pacified. “The Armymen told us they had gone for the Amarnath Yatra. Our ASI tried to tell the agitated soldiers that there are strict guidelines that the yatra cannot move after cut-off time. But soldiers created a scene and started beating up our ASI. Watching this, the civilians tried to come to our rescue. Sensing that the matter would go out of hands, we asked the villagers not to interfere.”

He said that while he went with the injured men to the hospital, the 32 soldiers who were protesting were taken to the police station. “As our men started noting details of the Armymen, around 11:16 pm, eight RR men barged into our station. Then all the RR men together went on a rampage, beating up everyone with sticks and gun butts. I was hit on the knee and hid under the bed. Before leaving, they told us: ‘It is just a start’.”

The Armymen turned office records upside down and broke the television, the laptop of the SHO and window-panes, said Aslam. ASI Bashir Ahmad, whose shoulder was fractured, said, “They launched an assault on us, as if playing a wrestling match. They (the Army) today tendered an apology, but we won’t accept it. Let the court decide.”

Army spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said a minor altercation had taken place between some Army personnel returning from the Amarnath Yatra and Jammu and Kashmir Police personnel at Gund. “No major injuries were suffered in the incident and the matter was resolved by personnel intervention of senior officers. Measures to prevent recurrence have been taken.”

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    chu
    Jul 23, 2017 at 1:37 pm
    Union defense and home ministries should Launch an enquiry jointly. If found guilty the army personel should be given exemplary punishment for thrashing on duty police officer and personnel entering a police station and beating policemen is a very big offence. .
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      Rishi Raj Kumar
      Jul 23, 2017 at 1:09 pm
      There seems to be a lack of coordination between the army and the civil authorities. Police seems to have acted in a rigid and provocative manner while the armymen might have osver-reacted.
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        Rici
        Jul 23, 2017 at 10:58 am
        This is one of typical news item written to give just one side of story. fed up you sikular jehadis pigs for this kind of reporting.
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          baap
          Jul 23, 2017 at 11:13 am
          Where does Jihad and secularism come in this news.
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            Swamy
            Jul 23, 2017 at 11:42 am
            Sick mentality is exposed by this comment.Off duty Indian Army personnel in civilian clothing stopped by On duty Police force of J K Government to impose rules and laws of the land(India) were kicked and abused, Why because they were following the law.Army was wrong, so has apologised.Now Sick mentalities like you are searching communalism and secularism in this event.
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              chu
              Jul 23, 2017 at 1:38 pm
              Rici are you drunk
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                Ravikant
                Jul 23, 2017 at 1:47 pm
                Rici pagal hai
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                Ghulam Nabi Mir
                Jul 23, 2017 at 9:47 am
                Beating half a dozen Kashmiri police men is a minor scuffle for the army could have drawn some attention if they had been shot dead.Afterall this is what quislings are cultivated for
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                  Namak Haram Kashmiris
                  Jul 23, 2017 at 6:35 am
                  look at the wordings "Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said it was “sad to hear about the severe beating of Kashmiri policemen by the Army", as if kashmiri policemen are not indians, they want to join pakistan hence we call them Namak Haram second a situation funny enough to imagine - "Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said it was “sad to hear about the severe beating of Kashmiri policemen by the Army" how dare civilians can meddle into forces Kashmiris have lost there good sense but i don't support what , if true, army did as policemen too are the guards of the nation and they deserve a great applause, this should repeat, and police should also learn that their big brothers will always remain seniors to them as they carry more responsibilities, J k police record has never been exemplary
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                    Hamad Habib
                    Jul 23, 2017 at 6:50 am
                    Instead of condemning the shameful act a Army personnel you are finding ways to drag Kashmiris in it.. It's so disgusting of you.
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                      Namak Haram Kashmiris
                      Jul 23, 2017 at 7:13 am
                      Who Dragged in first, mirwaiz, second as long as Kashmiris will cry for freedom or welcome any second or third party in scene till then we Indians will give a be ing reply, What on Earth have these Kashmiris got to do with Porkistan, we feed them thats why they are alive, and one corrigendum my above comment has a typo and must be read as "this should not repeat", why don't Kashmiris see the bigger picture of world politics, in the name of Islam or so called freedom India can not and will never afford to have one more Porkistan,w hat Kashmiris demand is not freedom but treachery, what is there contribution in the national GDP, peanuts, and look at the quantum of support they get from their own country India which they call and refer to as if it is some foreign nation, Kashmiris are digging on their own graves, and yes let me willfully drag in the matter of kashmiris here, it is highly shameful that there are leaders like Farroq gang and Mh.boob.aa , they are shameless creatures
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                        Hamad Habib
                        Jul 23, 2017 at 7:58 am
                        Indian is looting resources here and you say india feeds us... Yeah you feed kashmir with bullets.. pellets.. Killings.. Rapes and what not..!!
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                          Namak Haram Kashmiris
                          Jul 23, 2017 at 8:24 am
                          why didn't you mention about floods, anyways, do you even know the geography and economy of your JK, every now and them your CM comes to delhi begging more and more funds, ok give us the figures how would your land survive without India, what i condem is terrorism, what i support is peace in JK (indian State)
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                            Hamad Habib
                            Jul 23, 2017 at 9:28 am
                            Economical problem here is becoz of India..do you know Indian army has occupied 10, 54, 721 kanals of land here.. And don't say army helped us in floods instead we helped them.. But Indian media never show this.. And even this news is not carried by most media houses...
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                              Indian
                              Jul 23, 2017 at 9:45 am
                              Its SHAMEFUL that The J K Police Men do nothing against the JIHADIS try to control ARMY. .......... The Punjab KHALISTANI TERRORISM was wiped out by PUNJAB Police and similarly, J K Police should also FIGHT to end JIHAD in Kashmir. ............ Else such incidents will happen as the NATION has LOST FAITH in KASHMIR POLICE.
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                                Ghulam Nabi Mir
                                Jul 23, 2017 at 9:53 am
                                Hamas Sahab why do you indulge in discussions with a person who worships the cow but then wears shoes made from cow's hide.
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                                Faku Faking
                                Jul 23, 2017 at 9:42 am
                                YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY CORRECT ARMY SHOULD FIRST KILL THE POLICE.
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                                  Swamy
                                  Jul 23, 2017 at 11:54 am
                                  In Mumbai Government and Media use the term"Mumbai police"In Dehli its"Dehli Police" Sick Saffron mentality are bent to find issues and problems in others, whereas it is them who had brought shame to Great Hinduism and Shame to Great Indian Culture and traditions.Tradition of love,care and forgiveness.
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                                    Swamy
                                    Jul 23, 2017 at 12:10 pm
                                    Kashmir is a Complex issue created by Centre governed by Congress for 60 years. Kashmiris who are termed terrorists and back stabbers willingly happily went with India with mutually agreed treaty of accession.Most of agreed terms under Indian Cons ution with Kashmiris had been withdrawn by Centre unilateral.It is the past Indian Government who had played to Pakistan's tune and Pushed patriotic Kashmir's towards them.A polital issue given religion iden y. Still there is a chance to save this Great Union of India States.We do not want to break this Union just for the sake of RSS's devilish design of standardization dia is diverse, it's strength lays in that Diversity.Do not give genuine issues religious tone's.Great nations had shattered in past due to arrogance, let s not repeat it here.Jai Hind.
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                                    joseph
                                    Jul 23, 2017 at 6:10 am
                                    Criminals are found everywhere even in the Rashtriya Rifles of Indian army. They should be punished according to the land. The glorification of Indian army should be stopped by the mass media. Indian army should function under Indian cons ution not above it.
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                                      Indian
                                      Jul 23, 2017 at 9:48 am
                                      Its a SHAME that the J K POLICE who has been TOTAL FAILURE in controlling PA-KI JIHADIS necessitation use of ARMY in KASHMIR is trying to control Army which is successfully fighting JIHADIS.
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                                        Jai hind
                                        Jul 23, 2017 at 10:47 am
                                        Police are also equally killed by terrorists for working hand in hand with army against them .. hope u read news .. don't be a hate monger just because they are from a community u hate .. this is s the problem with u bakths stead of supporting them so that army and polce could stay strongly against terrorists ,u guys shoo them away and create more hate for Indians . Just imagine if police also go against army . It's going to be a task which cannot be resolved ever
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                                      Sanjay sharma
                                      Jul 23, 2017 at 5:19 am
                                      We are just not fully developed as a disciplined nation.Much neeed to be learnt.Had something untoward happened post Naka if army personnel were allowed to travel,there would have been only one question,why unarmed armymen were allowed to cross Naka when there were strict orders.On other hand,armymen were desperate to reach their barracks,as there destination was only 23 km from Naka,needs some maturity,ego doesn't suffice nation's cause.The matter could have been resolved with the intervention of some senior officers on the spot by providing security to the unarmed army personnel upto their HQ.or they could have been told to stay at some safer place by their seniors.Anyhow these incidents,low or high are not good for nation.
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                                        Mota
                                        Jul 23, 2017 at 4:33 am
                                        Same news under different headline. Shame on you I.
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