Army-police probe ordered in Magam police station attack case

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Srinagar, Sep 29 (UNI) A joint Army and police probe has been ordered into the seizure of Kerosene oil and subsequent alleged attack by the Army personnel on a police station in which six policemen were injured in north Kashmir.

The probe was ordered to settle the matter amicably, a defence ministry spokesman said, blaming vested interests for misleading the people on the issue.

He denied the reports that Army personnel dishonored the religious books of a particular community, looted cash, arms and ammunition and other valuables from the police station.

However, police has already registered a case against the Army personnel for causing injuries to six police personnel, including station incharge, and looting valuables.

Complete shut down was observed in Handwara to express solidarity with the police personnel.

In a statement here, defence spokesman said a section of the media continues to carry misleading reports about the clash between Army and police personnel at Magam, Handwara.

He said reports also contain astonishing allegations that Army troops looted arms, cash and other items from the police post.

Also as an afterthought, a totally false allegation was also leveled that religious scriptures were dishonored by the troops, he said.

These reports were totally misleading and untrue, he said adding that it seems some elements were working on creating a rift between the security forces engaged in counter insurgency and also to defame the Army.

He said the fact of the matter was that a minor misunderstanding was blown out of proportion by vested interests.

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