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Army to probe J&K fake encounters

Army has ordered inquiry into the alleged involvement of its men in fake encounters, reports Rashid Ahmad.

india Updated: Feb 04, 2007 15:06 IST

Army has ordered inquiry into the alleged involvement of its men in fake encounters in Ganderbal area in which civilians were killed and projected as top Pakistani terrorists. The outrageous acts were aimed at getting out-of-turn promotions and cash rewards.

A defence spokesperson in Srinagar on Sunday said that disciplinary action would be taken if any soldier was found guilty. The spokesperson said that the inquiry was ordered after reports appearing in media on the alleged involvement of the Army/RR in the fake encounters in Ganderbal.

The FIR lodged in Police Stations at Sumbal and Ganderbal with regard to these killings have shown involvement of troops of Rashtriya Rifle along with the personnel of special operation group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir Police in these 'scandalous operations'.

Four SOG personnel including—SP Ganderbal Hansraj Parihar and deputy SP Bahadur Ram—have already been arrested for their alleged involvement in fake encounters.

The defence spokesperson said that the army will fully cooperate with police investigations on fake killings and “guilty will be punished”.

Police team investigating the fake encounters has exhumed five bodies of civilians in Ganderbal, Sumbal, Ajas, Bazipora and Kangan in the past three days, who were allegedly killed by the personnel of SOG and army and later identified them as Pakistani militants.

Police stumbled on the ghastly case during investigating into the disappearance of a carpenter Abdul Rahman Paddar of Larnoo Kokernag. The investigations revealed that Paddar was killed in a fake encounter at Waskoora village in Ganderbal on December 8 and was buried as a Lashkar-e-Toiba commander Abu Hafiz at Sumbal. The constable along with ASI Farooq Ahmad Guddu was taken into custody, who during interrogation, spilled the beans.

First Published: Feb 04, 2007 14:45 IST