Magisterial probe ordered into J&K fake encounter
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Last Updated: Wednesday, August 10, 2011, 14:45
Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir government has ordered a magisterial probe into the alleged fake encounter in Poonch and sought a report from the police on the incident.

"A magisterial probe has been ordered by the district administration into the encounter. We are also seeking a full report from the police in the 'fake' encounter case in Surankote belt of Poonch district," Assistant Commissioner Revenue (ACR), Poonch, Tilak Raj Sharma said.

"I have visited Surankote belt, gone into the case details, before commencing recording of the statements of all the people associated with the case, I am seeking a full report from the police today," Sharma, who is the head of the probe panel, said.

The Army on Sunday had claimed to have killed a Pakistani militant and divisional commander of Lashker-e-Toiba, Abu Usman, after a 12-hour gunbattle at Surankote area of Poonch district in Jammu region. However, during the probe it was found that the deceased was a civilian.

A Special Police Officer (SPO) Noor Hussain and an Army jawan Abdul Majeed, who allegedly staged the killing of an unidentified mentally challenged civilian from Rajouri as part of a conspiracy to gain personal benefits were arrested and booked for murder on Monday.

The body of the slain civilian was buried in Surakote last evening after the post mortem.

The police had earlier constituted a Special Investigation team (SIT) headed by Additional SP Yogal Manhas.

Meanwhile, Deputy Inspector General (DIG), Rajouri-Poonch, Rajesh Kumar today ruled out fresh arrests in the case.

"We have taken statements of various persons associated with the encounter. Also statements of four SPOs, two hotel boys in Rajouri and a few in Surankote have been taken," he said.

Police is also gathering various items of the civilian killed in the encounter, including his sleepers, bag.

In protest against the fake encounter, locals in Surankote today observed a partial bandh.


First Published: Wednesday, August 10, 2011, 14:45

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