Army personnel booked for killing aged man in J-K
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Last Updated: Sunday, April 18, 2010, 20:04
Srinagar: A murder case has been registered against army personnel by Jammu and Kashmir Police in connection with the killing of 70-year-old man allegedly during an encounter with militants, official sources said on Sunday.

The killing of Habibullah Khan had sparked a controversy amid conflicting claims by the army and his family on whether he was with the militants or not.

An FIR under section 302 RPC has been registered against the troops of Six Rashtriya Rifles for killing Habibullah Khan allegedly in a fake encounter at Rainawari forest, 130 kms from here, on Wednesday last, the sources said.

After Khan was killed, Army had claimed that the troops shot dead an unidentified "foreign militant" in a gunfight and recovered an AK assault rifle along with four magazines and 67 rounds from his possession

However, Khan was identified by his son Raj Mohammad who claimed that he was a beggar and not linked to any militant outfit.

Subsequently, on the direction of the District Development Commissioner Showkat Ahamd Mir the body of the deceased was exhumed from Magam graveyard yesterday. The incident sparked protests by the locals who demanded an inquiry into the incident and punishment to the erring personnel.

"The family members of the deceased approached my office and accordingly, I ordered exhumation of the body," Mir said, adding the body was later buried in the family graveyard at Devar village of Lolab.

He said preliminary report of police has found that the old man was not involved in any subversive or militant activities.

Mir said police have started investigations into the case to unravel the truth behind the killing of the elderly villager.

In a fresh statement on the killing of the elderly person, Army yesterday said Khan was "possibly being exploited as a guide or human shield".

"It is believed that the weapon and ammunition recovered was possibly dropped by the fleeing terrorists," the statement said.


First Published: Sunday, April 18, 2010, 20:04

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