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J&K: CBI files chargesheets against 5 army officials

By Mukhtar Ahmad In Srinagar
May 12, 2006 00:51 IST
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The Central Bureau of Investigations Thursday filed a charge sheet in the Srinagar Chief Judicial magistrate court against five army officials for their involvement in framing and subsequent murder of five civilians in south Kashmir Pathribal forests on  March 24, 2000.

Presenting a detailed charge sheet in the court of Mohammad Yusuf Akhoon, CJM Srinagar, the CBI on Thursday started criminal proceedings against five army officials namely Brigadier Ajay Saxena, lieutenant colonel Brajendra Pratap Singh, Major Amit Saxena and Subedar Idrees Khan of 7 Rashtriya Rifles who were posted in Anantnag district in March 2000 when the Pathribal incident occurred.

The CBI has stated that the five army officials entered into a criminal conspiracy whereby they framed five, innocent locals from south Kashmir Anantnag districts and stage-managed a fake encounter in which the five civilians were murdered and later it was claimed that they had been 'foreign terrorists responsible for the massacre of 36 Sikh villagers in Chattisinghpora village' of the same district on March 20, 2000.

The CJM Srinagar has fixed May 24, 2006 as the next date of hearing for the case.

In his order today the CJM asked the army authorities whether they wanted the trial of the accused officials to be held in a civil court or intended to start court martial proceedings against them.

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Mukhtar Ahmad In Srinagar