Srinagar accident pits army against police in Kashmir, three FIRs lodged

  • Peerzada Ashiq, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: Jul 17, 2014 20:24 IST

A cold war has started between the army and the police over the Parimpora accident, which left seven civilians dead and two injured, in the Kashmir valley and sparked violent protests by the locals.

The tension was triggered when an army major and Srinagar's senior superintendent of police Amit Kumar entered into an argument with each other over handling of the situation after the accident. The police accused the army of "resorting to both aerial and ground firing at civilians". The army argued that its soldiers came under the attack from the civil population. The heated exchange of words and ground reports forced the police to lodge an FIR against the Major, who has been identified as Major Jagandeep Malhotra.

The Major faces charges under Sections 142, 307, 353 of the Ranbir Penal Code (RPC) for obstructing police officers when they tried to stop them from behaving unruly.

The police have already arrested the driver of the vehicle that hit head on at a passenger vehicle travelling from opposite side on Baramulla-Srinagar highway near Parimpora area. The deaths saw the separatists calling for shutdown and protests.

An FIR has also been lodged against the army's 2 Rashtriya Rifles under Sections 140, 14U and 307 for opening fire on civilians.

The driver faces charges under Sections 139, 279,337, 304 of the RPC for the deaths in the incident as locals alleged that it was his fault. An investigation is on in the case.

Meanwhile, the army, which has not sought any bail for the Major so far, is mulling to transfer the case to the army. However, the driver remains in the custody of the police.

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