Srinagar, March 19, 2013 (PPI-OT): The High Court of occupied Kashmir, allowing its review petition, has directed Indian Army to decide within two weeks whether it wants to court martial or try through a civilian court an Indian trooper, Abbas Shah, involved in the killing of three civilians in Machil fake encounter, three years ago.
The court has already allowed court martial of nine troops in the same case, last year.
Justice Husnain Masoodi who heard the matter directed the commanding officer of 19 infantry brigade to decide within two weeks, whether it wants to court martial Shah or it want to try him through a civilian court.
In 2010, three youth, Reyaz Ahmad, Mohammad Shafi and Shahzad Ahmad, residents of Nadihal village in Baramulla district, were lured by a former SPO Bashir Ahmad Lone and his accomplices to Machil on the pretext of providing them high-paying jobs and handed them over to army for Rs 50,000 each. They were later killed in a fake encounter and labelled as foreign militants.
An Army Colonel and two Majors were among 11 people charge sheeted by the police in connection with the encounter.
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