Macchil encounter: SHRC recommends probe into "illegal arms"

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - 20:54

Srinagar: In the backdrop of the killing of
three youth by Army in a "fake encounter" in Macchil sector
last year, Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission has
stressed for a thorough probe into the possession of
"unauthorised illegal weapons" lying with the army unit.
The probe was demanded in the recommendation forwarded to
the state government by a member of the Commission Javaid
Kawoos while disposing off the complaint titled "Suo Moto
cognizance regarding killing of three youth" lodged by MLA
Langate Engineer Abdul Rashid.

"From this whole drama (Macchil encounter) besides the
tragic part that three innocent persons have been killed... I
gather one more serious thing...the Army 4th Rajput have
themselves shown that they are in possession of illegal arms,
wireless sets and Pakistani currency which has allegedly been
shown to have been recovered from the dead bodies of these
three persons," Kawoos said in the order passed last month.

"Can the Army high-ups look in the matter and investigate
as to where from five AK 47 rifles, magazines, pistol
ammunition, grenades, radio set and Pakistani currency were
lying with the accused persons which after the fake encounter
were allegedly shown to have been recovered from the slain
militants (while as they are all innocent persons)," he said.
He said, "This is a racket going on within the disciplined
forces... there should be no occasion that the army will be
and should be in possession of unaccounted illegal arms and
ammunition plus the Pakistani currency, unless the army is
operating some counter operation."

Three youth Shahzad Khan, Riyaz Ahmad Lone and Mohammad
Shafi Lone were lured to a forward post on pretext of high
paying jobs and killed in an alleged fake encounter by Army on
April 30 last.

They were then labelled them as hardcore militants, who
were attempting to infiltrate into the Valley.

Immediately after police removed the lid of the case, the
state government too ordered a magisterial inquiry and the
Army also ordered a probe and suspended an accused major and
removed the commanding officer of the unit in June last year.

From all the reports and enquiry reports available on the
file, it is clearly established that three innocent persons
have lost their lives in a fake and false encounter as they
have been projected to be militants only for vested interests
to gain undue promotions, awards and rewards, Kawoos said.

He said the proceedings before the commission clearly show
that the violations of human rights in the instant case have
been carried out to the hilt.

"Therefore, I recommend that state government and district
administration must sanction and pay ex-gratia relief of Rs
one lakh to the next of kins of the each deceased persons (if
not already paid)," he said and also recommended government
job to the next of kins.


First Published: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - 20:54

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