Army apologises for beating up eight policemen in Jammu and Kashmir's Ganderbal district on Saturday

Srinagar: The Army has apologized for beating up eight policemen in Jammu and Kashmir's Ganderbal district, a senior police official said on Monday to IANS.

Image for representational purpose. AFP.

Image for representational purpose. AFP.

"The Army has apologized and ordered a court of inquiry," Inspector General of Police Munir Ahmad Khan told the media in Srinagar, reported IANS.

This happened after the director general of police lodged a strong protest against the Saturday evening incident when the soldiers returning from the Amarnath Yatra were stopped at a checkpost in Gund area by the policemen.

Police said the armymen in civilian clothes insisted to move and thrashed the cops but police didn't let them go, reported NDTV.com.

According to SSP Ganderbal Fayaz Ahmad Lone, soldiers who were in civil dress barged into the police station at Gund and beat up the police men including officers and even ransacked the station.

The Army said it had "amicably" resolved the issue with the police arising over the incident and termed it as a "minor altercation". A defence spokesperson said measures had been taken to prevent the recurrence of such incidents, NDTV.com reported.

According to Hindustan Times, the injured policemen were admitted to a hospital and an FIR registered against the army. The incident came to fore after pictures of the policemen with severe injuries went viral on social media.

Condemning the incident, former chief minister Omar Abdullah had demanded action against the armymen involved in the incident.

With inputs from agencies.


Updated Date: Jul 24, 2017 14:24 PM

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