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Army initiates internal probe into manhandling of police officer in Poonch

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Jammu: The Army has ordered an internal inquiry into the alleged assault on a police officer by its personnel at a checkpoint in Poonch district, sources said on Sunday.

Station House Officer of Rajouri Police Station, Inspector Sameer Jilani, was travelling to Kashmir to visit his ailing mother when he was stopped and allegedly manhandled by Army personnel led by an officer at Poshana checkpoint on Mughal Road on Saturday.

Terming the reported altercation between the police and the Army as “unfortunate”, the sources said the one off incident is an aberration to the excellent work being done by both the security agencies in ensuring a secure environment.

“Serious cognizance has been taken by the hierarchy and due legal proceedings have been initiated, which include ordering of internal enquiry by the army,” an Army officer said.

He said the Army and Jammu and Kashmir Police reaffirm their solidarity towards public and are committed to maintain peace and stability in the region.

Police have registered an FIR against the Army personnel at Surankote Police Station for manhandling its officer soon after the incident.

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