An altercation did take place and such incidents are not uncommon on a road which although a great drive is not at all a comfortable from security point of view and also the natural hazards!
‘This aspect both the army and police know it since together they have carried out some dangerous operations against terror here as well as some fantastic rescue acts in the middle of the nights when people have got struck up and got caught in the bone chilling cold. Maybe it was a heat of the moment where the sentry was under instructions and probably did not know who the police officer was? The matter was not a difficult one to sort out. A talk with the officer at Poshiana would have settled it there and then. It is rather unfortunate that it blew up and things came to that level. Anyway now it’s all over but some excellent things have emerged as lessons because whatever said and done Poshiana is a strategic place and also a big time checking zone because a lot of illegal consignments do travel along with trucks loaded with merchandise and so do the private vehicles if and when allowed. This has happened in the past and there is every reason to believe that it can happen in future too’
Poshiana is an exotic utopia where the sky is baby blue with fluffy white clouds that seem to be playing peek-a-boo with the yellow sun. There are majestic mountains, which seem to touch the sky, and are painted in green as of now but in winters the color they adorn is white. One gets a peaceful feeling overtaking the mind and the heart and the spirit seems to soar from within just like the eagles circling boldly over the mountain crest, each movement symbolising their strength, beauty and courage. The hypnotic rhythm of the stream is enough to get lost in. This is a normal feeling as you stop to have a cup of tea there but yesterday some verbal saucers were flying between men who basically are on the same job and they know what has to be done and when. The question isn’t who was wrong and who was right but the fact is that it did happen and now an inquiry which is the least wanted thing when terror has been driven to a corner with a call of ‘Mate to be given’!
Anyway on the second day after the squabble which I would still maintain it was trivial, some good things happened which will smoothen up things as regards the function in Poshiana:
A Joint Check Post has been established by the Indian Army and Jammu and Kashmir Police to assist the people (awaam in local parlance) in transiting through the treacherous Pir Ki Gali along Mughal Road to Kashmir valley.
Besides providing humanitarian assistance during inclement weather conditions the post at Poshana also assists security forces in maintaining close vigil on inimical elements attempting to disturb peace in the region.
The Indian army is committed to assist Jammu and Kashmir Police in thwarting nefarious designs of anti social elements in smuggling of arms, narcotics and conduct of illegal activities through Poshiana Joint Check Post.
The incident at KM 28 on 19 June involving a reported altercation between the police and army is unfortunate. 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.
The Indian Army and Jammu & Kashmir Police have reaffirmed their solidarity towards awaam and are committed to maintain peace and stability in the region.
To be honest such incidents do happen in areas that are tense, where one does not know as to what would happen next. If everything would have been normal, what was the requirement of sentries and check posts on this alpine drive? There was no need for patrols and ambushes. But there is a requirement because an air of fragility is there so a drop in guard can prove to be dangerous thus checking is a must. Anyway it’s all over with some great acumen shown by the brass of both the security agencies and obviously it has to be back to tightened boots and buckles to move for another joint mission!
Maintaining security is a web of complex operations, in which agencies assume complementary roles and operate in close proximity-often with similar missions. But the tensions are evident in the processes of analyzing complex environments, planning for complex interventions, and implementing complex operations. But in J&K nothing of this has happened because the mission at hand has been understood and the priority of both the agencies is to make UT Jammu and Kashmir safe and secure! A thing which they are adequately doing!