Srinagar : To remove the misgivings that had arisen due to the scuffle between the Army and JK Police at Sonamarg with the Chief of Staff of Chinar Corps, Major General JS Cheema paid a visit to the Sonamarg based HAWS and carried out detailed deliberations in a very congenial atmosphere with the senior officials of HAWS, JK Police, Traffic Police and civil administration.
According to an army statement , the stakeholders jointly concluded that a freak incident caused due to the misunderstanding between the personnel of Army and JK Police should not be allowed to adversely affect the synergy among the security forces and with the civil administration. It was also decided that the personnel prima facie found to be involved in the incident will be immediately replaced while the Court of Inquiry investigates into the circumstances leading to the incident and identifies the guilty. The issue has been resolved amicably.
On 23 May 2014, as a result of some misunderstanding, there was a scuffle between the local Army and Police personnel deployed at Sonamarg. Some sections of media had misrepresented the actual facts about the incident, generating apprehensions about the Army-Police relations getting strained at the local level. As soon as the matter came to the light of Chinar Corps Headquarters, it was pro-actively taken up with the senior police officials and the local military authorities of Sonamarg were ordered to investigate the incident. On 26 May 2014, Major General JS Cheema, the Chief of Staff, Chinar Corps paid a visit to HAWS, Sonamarg and presided over the deliberations attended by Mr Mr Sayad Afadul Mustafa, DIG, Central Kashmir, Mr Sarmad Hafiz, Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal, Mr Shahid Mehraj, SP Ganderbal, Farooq Ahmaed Rather, CEO SDA and Mr Sohail Ahmed, DSP Traffic. A very deliberate discussion was carried out by the General Officer with all the stake holders not only with respect to the incident but also on issue of fencing of the Army convoy ground located at Sonamarg. The misgivings prevailing over both the issues were ironed out in an extremely amicable manner. The Army assured that a strict disciplinary action will be taken on finalization of the Court of Inquiry against the individuals found guilty in the incident. While the Police has changed the SHO, Army has replaced the personnel prima-facie found to be involved in the incident.
The General Officer emphasized that the Army and Police are uniformed forces with discipline as their forte. No act of indiscipline can be tolerated and no misunderstanding of any nature can be allowed to vitiate the relationship among the security forces as well as with the civil administration and Awaam. All the stake holders are working towards the common goal of sustaining peace in the Valley and ensuring good of the people.
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