The encounter in which army chief designate Lt General Bikram Singh got injured in 2001 was not fake and allegations leveled in this regard are just an afterthought, the defence ministry has told Jammu and Kashmir High Court.
"...the allegations of fake encounter after 10 years of the incident are a mere afterthought, misleading, mischievous and motivated. The petitioners are leveling false allegations without any basis," the ministry said.
The ministry has filed objections to the petition filed by one Zaituna who had alleged that her son Abdullah Bhat, a resident of Macchil in Kupwara district, was killed in a fake encounter on March 1, 2001, and later branded a Pakistani militant Mateen Chacha.
According to the objections, Lt Gen Singh, who was then a brigadier commanding the 1 Sector Rashtriya Rifles in south Kashmir, was returning to Anantnag after visiting various units.
When the army convoy stopped at Janglat Mandi in Anantnag, a militant disguised as a beggar opened indiscriminate firing on the army men. While Colonel JP Janu and Rifleman Ganesh Kumar were killed, Gen Singh and another officer were injured in the attack. The assailant and two civilians were also killed in the incident.