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Army orders high-level probe into 'ransacking' incident

india Updated: Dec 10, 2009 21:29 IST

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A day after troops of Rashtriya Rifles allegedly injured over 20 people and ransacked houses in three villages in Budgam district, Army today ordered a high level probe and assured "suitable measures" to prevent recurrence of such events in the future.

The inquiry by the army comes barely hours after police registered a case against the unit, while the district authorities ordered a magisterial inquiry into the alleged highhandedness of the army at Kangripora, Pakerpora and Zanigam villages of central Kashmir.

"Army authorities have taken a serious view of the purported incident at Kangripora. A high-level inquiry has been ordered into the incident to arrive at the truth," a defence spokesman said this evening.

"Expeditious and appropriate disciplinary action, if any, will be taken in case of any act misdemeanor by the troops," the spokesman said, adding "the army authorities are also instituting suitable measures to prevent recurrence of such events in future."

Army troops belonging to 34 Rashtriya Rifles led by their Commanding Officer allegedly ransacked homes after locals staged a massive demonstration against the Army for "high handedness" yesterday. The locals had caught one of the soldiers in plain clothes the previous night and roughed him up, suspecting him to be a thief. However, the army raided the village, beat up the people and rescued the soldier.