Poonch encounter: Antony seeks report from Army



New Delhi: Taking a serious view of the alleged fake encounter in Poonch, Defence Minister A K Antony has directed the army to submit a detailed report to him on the incident.

"The Minister has directed the army to submit a detailed report to him on the incident that took place on Sunday in Poonch," Defence Ministry sources said here.

The incident which took place on Sunday, in which a top LeT militant from Pakistan was said to have been killed, was allegedly fake and the victim was a civilian.

A Special Police Officer(SPO) and an army jawan 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, police said yesterday.

Poonch SSP Ashkoor Wani had told reporters that SPO Noor Hussain and the jawan Abdul Majeed were arrested on Monday for carrying out the fake encounter by murdering a civilian and calling him divisional commander of Lashker-e-Taiba Abu Usman.

The army on Sunday had claimed to have killed a Pakistani militant and divisional commander of Lashker-e-Taiba, 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.

PTI