In occupied Kashmir, eight policemen, including an Assistant Sub-Inspector, were injured after Indian Army men thrashed them in Gund area of Ganderbal district.
According to media sources, a police official told media that Army soldiers of 24 Rashtriya Rifles barged into police station Gund, beat up policemen on duty and ransacked the property of the police station late Friday night. He said that at least 32 army men in civvies barged into the police station building and attacked the policemen there.
The army men according to reports were on way to Amarnath Yatra and were travelling beyond the cut off time. As per the directions of Inspector General (IG) police, Kashmir, the cut off time for vehicles to pass Sonmarg is 2 pm.
“When the police party deployed in Sonamarg tried to stop them for going ahead they beat them before moving to Gund village. The army men traveling in a civilian vehicle barged into Gund police station and thrashed the policemen,” the official said. However, they were later joined by the army personnel in uniform, he added.
At least eight policemen were injured in the army action. “Two of them have received grievous injuries,” he added.
Reports said that the policemen were saved by the locals. The injured policemen were hospitalized after the thrashing.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of Hurriyat Forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, expressed sadness over the beating up of policemen by Indian army soldiers in Ganderbal. “Sad to hear about the severe beating of Kashmiri policemen by army by virtue of being Kashmiri even those who aid state oppression not spared!” he tweeted.