#SecurityStandoff: Army and Police Clash Raises Concerns in Kupwara

Police in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district have booked army soldiers for allegedly barging into a police station and assaulting cops, even as the army has termed the report as “incorrect”.

The FIR, registered at Kupwara police station, invokes the following IPC sections — 186 (voluntary obstruction of public servant in discharge of public duty), 332 (voluntarily causing harm in order to deter public servant from doing duty), 307 (attempt to murder), 342 (wrongful confinement of a person), 147 (rioting), 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence in prosecution of common object), 392 (robbery), 397 (use of deadly weapon during a robbery or dacoity) and 365 (kidnapping and abduction with intent secretly and wrongfully to confine person).

Officials earlier in the day said that a team of soldiers accompanied by an officer had barged into the Kupwara police station and beat up four policemen, including two SPOs and two constables.
The officials also said that the four injured policemen were later admitted to Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura in Srinagar city for specialised treatment.

Officials had alleged that the raid of a police team at the house of a Territorial Army soldier had angered the Army after which they barged into the police station.

Doctors at SKIMS hospital have said the injured policemen are stable, officials added.
However, the Army has rebutted allegations that its soldiers had beaten up some policemen in Jammu & Kashmir’s Kupwara district.

An Army statement said, “An altercation between police and Army personnel and beating up therein of police personnel are misfounded and incorrect. Minor differences between the police personnel and a territorial army unit on an operational matter have been amicably resolved.”


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