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CBI probe finds Armymen guilty of killing innocent

Armymen killed the innocent so as to stage a fake encounter, a three-year probe by the CBI revealed.

india Updated: Apr 27, 2006 18:59 IST

Five Armymen have been accused of killing innocent people in order to stage a fake encounter.

After three years of probe into the killing of innocent civilians on suspicion of being involved in themassacre of 36 Sikhs in Jammu and Kashmir, the CBI indicted the soldiers and gave a clean chit to the state police.

The CBI, which was handed over the case in January 2003 by the state government, has alleged that officials and jawans of Seven Rashtriya Rifles, Brigadier Ajay Saxena, Lieutenant Colonel Brahendra Pratap Singh, Major Saurabh Sharma, Major Amit Saxena and Subedar Idrees Khan had staged a fake encounter and killed five innocent civilians labelling them as terrorists responsible for carnage of Sikhs in Chittisinghpora in South Kashmir.

The case had become politically sensitive and former state Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed and his party PDP were quick to suspend Farooq Khan, the former Senior Superintendent of Police, and also instituted a judicial probe which found the SSP gulity.

However, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court rejected the inquiry report and absolved Khan of all charges.

The CBI also did not find any wrong doing on the part of the SSP and claimed the fake encounter was staged by the Army personnel.

First Published: Apr 27, 2006 18:59 IST