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Major accused of attacking cops

Srinagar, Dec. 17: A major and his colleagues have been accused of assaulting policemen in Jammu after a row over tinted glasses in the vehicle in which the army officer was travelling, sparking tension between the forces.

Major Utsav Kumar and the others assaulted the cops during the incident in the Rajouri area, causing minor injuries to some of the personnel, the police have alleged.

An army spokesperson said a probe had been ordered but claimed no attack occurred. The incident took place on Sunday but the FIR was lodged yesterday.

“The major alone has been named in the FIR. Other soldiers involved in the assault would be identified during the investigations,” said Yashpal Jamwal, the officer in charge of Nowshera where the incident occurred.

The trouble started when the private vehicle in which Kumar was travelling was stopped during a checking drive and seized for using tinted glasses. The action angered the major, his army-doctor wife and other soldiers travelling with the couple, Jamwal said.

“They called up their men from their unit nearby and forcibly took the car after slapping our men,” the officer said.

While Kumar is posted in the army’s engineering unit, Captain Urvi, his wife, works in a hospital in Nowshwera. The couple’s baby daughter was with them at the time.

Jamwal said Kumar and the unidentified soldiers had been booked for assault with criminal force to deter a public servant from discharge of duty as well as theft of property.

“We have booked them under Section 382 (theft) because we had seized the vehicle and it had become a government property after that. But they took it from our possession forcibly,” Jamwal said. The vehicle was seized under traffic rules forbidding use of tinted glasses, the officer added.

The army said a probe had been ordered but claimed there was “no physical altercation between the army and the policemen”.