Army orders inquiry into 'SHO's manhandling'

'Legal proceedings started, cognisance taken'
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Rajouri, June 20: The Army on Sunday ordered an internal inquiry to probe the matter regarding the "manhandling" of a Police officer at Poshana check post on Mughal Road in which an Army major and many other personnel have already been booked in a case registered in Surankote Police Station.

Army in an official statement issued by Romeo Force said, "Serious cognisance had been taken by the hierarchy."

"Due legal proceedings have been initiated which include ordering of internal inquiry by the Army," the statement of Army read.

"The one-off incident is an aberration to the excellent work being done by both the security agencies in ensuring a secure environment," the Army said.

It said that a joint check post had been established at Poshana by Jammu and Kashmir Police and Army to assist people in transiting through treacherous Pir Ki Gali along the Mughal Road to Kashmir.

"Besides providing humanitarian assistance during inclement weather conditions the post at Poshana also assists security forces in maintaining a close vigil at inimical elements attempting to disturb peace in the region," the statement said.

It said that the Army was committed to assist J&K Police in thwarting nefarious designs of the anti-social elements in smuggling of arms, narcotics and conduct of illegal activities through Poshana joint check post.

The Army and J&K Police reaffirm their solidarity towards civil population and are committed to maintain peace and stability in the region, the Army said.

The incident took place on Saturday noon when SHO Rajouri Sameer Jillani was moving on the Mughal Road and was stopped at Poshana check post of the Army where he was "manhandled" and "beaten up" by the Army personnel after which senior Army and Police officers rushed to the spot and later a case was registered in which an Army Major of 16 Rashtriya Rifles battalion, a Junior Commissioned Officer and many soldiers were booked.

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