Army men including colonels named in FIR for assaulting cops in police station

Jammu and Kashmir has filed FIR against 16 army personnel, including three Lieutenant Colonels, for their alleged involvement in an assault on a police station in the Kupwara district. The incident reportedly occurred on Monday night, with accusations ranging from abduction to assault using rifle butts, kicks, and sticks against police officers.

The FIR identifies Lieutenant Colonels Ankit Sood, Raju Chauhan, and Nikhil from the 160 Territorial Army as key figures in the unauthorized entry into the premises of Police Station Kupwara. It alleges that a substantial number of armed and uniformed personnel from the 160 Territorial Army, under their command, launched an attack on the police station without provocation.

Despite the immediate intervention of senior police officers, the army personnel allegedly resorted to brandishing weapons, seizing mobile phones, and even abducting a police personnel before fleeing the scene.

The accused army men are facing charges under various sections of the IPC and the Arms Act. 

A Srinagar-based defence spokesperson Monday played down the incident and said “the reports of altercation between police and army personnel” and “beating up therein of police personnel are mis-founded and incorrect”.