J&K govt to challenge Army`s stand on manhandling case
Last Updated: Sunday, October 04, 2009, 14:17
Leh: Jammu and Kashmir government has taken a strong objection to the Army's claim that police could not proceed against its officers who had allegedly manhandled civilian and police officials while they were returning after demolishing an "unauthorised" structure of the Army at the picturesque Pangong lake in Ladakh region of the state.

Countering the claims in an affidavit filed in Jammu and Kashmir High Court, the state government had readied its reply which pointed to "gross irregularities" in the Army's claim that its officers could not be prosecuted by the state police as Ladakh region fell within the ambit of Armed Forces Special Powers Act.

The state government will now be informing the High Court on October 15, the next date of hearing, that Ladakh district is not within the ambit of AFSPA and that no one was permitted to violate the law, official sources said.

The dispute erupted as police secured a non-bailable warrant against three Army officers, including a Major General, from Chief Judicial Magistrate in Leh for allegedly manhandling civilian officials who were returning from Pangong lake after demolishing the alleged illegal structure erected by the Army in 2005.

Army, while seeking a stay on the non-bailable warrant against the three officers, had informed the High Court that section four of AFSPA barred the state police from taking any action against them until permitted by the Centre.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, October 04, 2009, 14:17

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