Kashmir Police allegedly thrashed by army, one hospitalised

Srinagar: Troopers from the Indian Armed Forces on Friday allegedly thrashed two policemen, including a Station House Officer (SHO), after they objected to ‘harassment’ of a civilian in Kupwara district of north Kashmir.

A news agency GNS reported that army personnel from 41 Rashtriya Rifles caught hold of the policemen following a scuffle and then they beat them up.

One of them, Shabir Ahmad ‘munshi’ was beaten severely, they said. He was later taken to sub district hospital in Kupwara, reports said.

The scuffle, they said, ensued when the ‘Munshi’ intervened to alleged irksome behaviour of the army personnel with a civilian who was asked to come out of his vehicle outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office.

The army personnel, they said, even loaded their guns but the SHO, Tariq Ahmad, came in front of ‘munshi’ and asked them to shoot him first.

Later, better sense prevailed and senior officials of both police and army reached the spot to control the situation.

When contacted SSP Kupwara Samsher Hussain said that there was scuffle and “all officers are on the spot to review the situation.”
“There was a minor scuffle. All officers are at the spot and are reviewing the situation. There is nothing else,” he said.

On July 22 this year, six policemen, including an Assistant Sub-Inspector, were injured after army men thrashed them, and ransacked the police station, for allegedly stopping their vehicle at a check-post in Gund area of central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district late Friday night.

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