Tension brewed at the Kashmir Valley’s north-eastern base camp for the annual Amarnath yatra at Baltal on Tuesday following a scuffle between an army soldier and a policeman.
A police officer was allegedly thrashed by a group of army personnel. According to police sources, assistant sub-inspector Nazir Ahmad Wani, who was manning a drop gate at the base camp, was thrashed allegedly by soldiers when he asked for identification proof from an army officer in civvies.
The police officer alleged that the army officer was trying to cross the barrier with others without having mandatory registration cards issued by the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board.
A complaint has been registered at a local police station in the incident.
A Srinagar-based defence spokesman said the ar my “would look into the allegations.”
Baltal witnessed tense day on Friday following clashes between locals and non-local service providers. More than 700 tents belonging to locals were set afire allegedly in security forces’ action against the protesters.
Meanwhile, two officers — Dushan Kumar, senior superintendent of police, and SS Rawat, commandant CRPF’s 54 battalion — have been removed following the clashes that left hundreds of tents destroyed in allegedly targeted arson.
VHP MOURNS KILLING OF FOUR AT BALTAL
The state unit of Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Tuesday paid homage to the four persons died at Baltal base camp on Tuesday morning.
In a meeting at the central office of VHP, Shakti Ashram, Old Rehari, here Ramakant Dubey, state VHP patron, held a prayer session for the four victims — Sandeep Kumar, Tirath Babu, Gurjeet Singh and Jadvinder — of the LPG cylinder blast at Shiv Shakti langar at Baltal.
A-two minute prayer was held for the peace of departed soul and strength to the bereaved families for bearing the loss.
The VHP demanded compensation from the government/ Shri Amarnath Shrine Board for the bereaved families.
The VHP also demanded an inquiry into the causes the LPG cylinder blast.