The ruling National Conference (NC) today welcomed the court martial proceedings ordered by the Army against six of its men for their alleged involvement in a 2010 Machchil fake encounter case that had triggered a two month-long agitation in the Valley.
"It is a welcome step, but we strongly feel that the proceedings and the results be made transparent so that there is no scope for any allegation or feeling of a cover up," NC leader and political secretary to chief minister Omar Abdullah, Tanvir Sadiq said.
He said "some people" may have brought a bad name but the Army is an institution which has brought laurels to the country.
"As such, we expect exemplary punishment to the officers accused in the case without any further delay," Sadiq said.
He said the court martial proceedings provided an opportunity to rebuild trust in the institution which was "seriously damaged" by the incident.
"The way the Army is approaching the case, we believe it provides an opportunity to rebuild trust in the institution," he said, adding, "The NC feels that it will be a positive development if the court martial proceedings go ahead and the erring personnel are punished."
On April 30, 2010, the Army had claimed that they had killed three infiltrators in the Machchil sector along the Line of Control (LoC).
However, the three were later identified as Mohamad Shafi, Shehzad Ahmed and Riyaz Ahmed, all residents of Nadihal in Baramulla district. They were allegedly lured to a border area and shot dead.
Following complaints from relatives of the victims, a Territorial Army jawan and two others were arrested by police but the incident led to unrest and widespread demonstrations in the entire Valley in which 123 people were killed.