J&K: 1,514 FIRs against Army, 97% cases false

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - 16:42

Jammu: Over 100 Army men including 48
officers have faced punitive action in cases related to human
right violations in Jammu and Kashmir over the last two
decades, Army said Wednesday.

"As many as 1,514 FIRs have been registered against
army personnel for alleged human rights violations in the last
20 years of militancy", Brigadier General Staff (BGS),
Northern Command, Sanjay Verma said.

He said that out of these 1,508 cases have been
investigated while probe is continuing in the remaining six
cases.

"As many as 1,473 complaints - nearly 97 per cent of
the cases-- were found false and baseless," Verma said.

However, 35 cases (2.3 per cent of total cases) were
found true, he said, adding that 104 armymen including 48
officers have been punished for human rights violations in
J&K.

"Our accountability is very strong. Our investigation
and punishment in cases related to alleged human rights
violations is very fast," the Brigadier said, underscoring
that there "is no room for mistakes.

Army has alway maintained zero-tolerance to human
rights violations," he said.

Army officials maintained that they were following
certain strict edicts, including presence of police
representative during operations and immediate handing over of
detainees to police, while conducting counter-terrorism
operations under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).
Army ensures that a police representative is present
as part of the operational team though an exception could be
made in remote areas where the strength of the police force
may not be sufficient to be deployed in more than one
operation going on simultaneously, they said.

All operations are conducted as joint operations with
the police, they said adding that recoveries made, detainees
and bodies of those killed are immediately handed over to the
local police.
"No unilateral arrests or searches are made. All
actions are based on hard actionable intelligence," they said,
adding that army has discontinued crowd control measures
and has left the task to the state police.

"No women are searched until women police personnel
are present during the operation," they said.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - 16:42

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