Encounter in which Bikram Singh was injured not fake

The encounter in which Army Chief in the waiting Lt General Bikram Singh got injured, was not fake Defence Ministry has told the J&K High Court.

Srinagar: The encounter, in which Army
Chief in the waiting Lt General Bikram Singh got injured in
2001, was not fake and allegations levelled in this regard are
just an afterthought, Defence Ministry has told the Jammu
and Kashmir High Court.

"... the allegations of fake encounter after 10 years of
the incident are a mere afterthought, misleading, mischievous
and motivated. The petitioners are levelling false allegations
without any basis," the Ministry said.

The ministry has filed objections to the petition filed
by one Zaituna who had alleged that her son Abdullah Bhat, a
resident of Macchil in Kupwara district, was killed in a fake
encounter on March 1, 2001 and later branded as a Pakistani
militant `Mateen Chacha`.

According to the objections, Lt Gen Singh, who was then a
brigadier commanding the 1 Sector Rashtriya Rifles in south
Kashmir, was returning to Anantnag after visiting various

When the army convoy stopped at Janglat Mandi in
Anantnag, a militant disguised as a beggar opened
indiscriminate firing on the army men.

While Colonel J P Janu and Rifleman Ganesh Kumar were
killed, Gen Singh and another officer were injured in the
attack. The assailant and two civilians were also killed in
the incident.