Deliberated Pathribal case with authorities concerned: guv
Governor NN Vohra has said he had discussed with the authorities the situation arising after the decision of the Army to close the Pathribal encounter case. He added that he would follow up the matter with the state and central governments.
He said this to a delegation of various political leaders from and around Pathribal, led by People's Democratic Party (PDP) MLA Peerzada Mansoor Hussain from Shangas, who called on him on Thursday.
"The governor observed that he had already spoken regarding the matter with the authorities concerned," said the statement issued by the Raj Bhawan on Thursday.
Chief minister Omar Abdullah has already said he would be writing to the Prime Minister to take up the issue of the Army closing the case against five of its officials in the fake encounter.
"I am deeply disappointed with the Army's decision and will take the matter to the highest level," Omar had told HT.
The delegation appealed to the governor to intervene in securing justice for the families of the Pathribal encounter victims.
MLAs and the sarpanchs of villages apprised the governor about the grievances of the people about Army's decision to close the case and petitioned that justice must be done.
In 2000, the Army had, at a press conference, claimed to have killed five people they said were responsible for the killing of 36 Sikhs in Chittisinghpora. The CBI investigated the case against Army officers and concluded that five Kashmiris had been killed in a "staged encounter".