Srinagar, March 16, 2014 (PPI-OT): Court-martial proceedings were not initiated against five Indian Army men, including four officers, who were involved in 2000 Pathribal fake encounter killing in occupied Kashmir. The Army did not convene any military court and only conducted “effectual proceedings” following which the case was dismissed.
The new details, hitherto unknown, have emerged in the 11-page reply filed by the Army in the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM), Srinagar.
The CJM had directed the Army to hand over documents pertaining to the court-martial proceedings to the family members of Zahoor Ahmad, one of the victims in the 2000 fake encounter case.
The Army had on January 23, 2014, announced the closure of the Pathribal case and gave a clean chit to five of its men who staged encounter in south Kashmir on March 25, 2000. It had cited lack of evidence for closing the proceedings in the case. However, in its report to the CJM on January 20, 2014, the Army did not specify at what stage the proceedings were closed and charges dropped against the involved troopers.
The 11-page reply filed by the Indian Army in the court of CJM revealed that no military court was convened and only effectual proceedings were conducted following which the case was dismissed.
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