Srinagar: Congress in Jammu and Kashmir
today said the ongoing magisterial probe into the alleged fake
encounter in which three youths were killed, should draw
definite conclusions and demanded that the culprits be
punished in accordance with the gravity of the crime.
"The magisterial probe must come up with definite
conclusions and the culprits must be punished severely in
accordance with the size of the crime," J and K Pradesh
Congress President Saifuddin Soz said in a statement here.
The state government ordered the probe after bodies of
three missing youths whom the army had described as
infiltrators after allegedly killing them on April 30 at
Machhil were exhumed and identified sparking off massive
protests in Nadhihal-Rafiabad in Baramulla district.
Welcoming Union Defence Minister A K Antony`s statement
that no shelter would be available to those who indulge in
violation of human rights, Soz said, "As far as the murder of
three young men of Rafiabad is concerned it has been widely
alleged that they were killed under mysterious circumstances
through a camouflage of encounter that was fake."
He said he has approached Antony to revisit the policy
of cash awards for recognition of performance in combating
"There can be other ways to recognize good work and no
room should be available to people whose motivation for crime
flows from their greed," he said.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has, on many occasions in
the past, made it clear that all actors in the system that is
meant to administer justice at various levels, must show zero
tolerance for human rights violation, soz added.