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'Army delaying probe into killings'

Nine months have passed since the J&K government ordered probe into the killing of four boys in a village and there is no word regarding the incident and the killers, reports Arun Joshi.

india Updated: Jun 25, 2007 04:51 IST
Arun Joshi

It took seven months for Jammu and Kashmir Government to order a probe into the killing of four boys in a village in north Kashmir. Another nine have passed and there is no word regarding the incident and the killers.

A ball-rolling game of sorts has started. The judge inquiring into the incident has claimed that the Army is not forthcoming with requisite details. On the other hand, a defence spokesperson said that the enquiry officer needs to have the permission from the Central government for probing the services personnel, as per the Armed Forces Special Powers Act.

But in the process, more than 16 months have passed without any progress.

The judge Sayeed Tariq Naquashbandi inquiring into the killing of boys in Handwara, north Kashmir on February 22, 2006, said, " his requests for the names of the Captain and other soldiers who were alleged to have been there on the day of the incident have not been responded to and that is what is delaying the whole thing."