HC adjourns case for 2 weeks
JANGLAT MANDI ENCOUNTER
D A RASHID
Srinagar, May 17: With the conclusion of arguments of the counsel for the petitioner family, High Court on Thursday adjourned the Janglat Mandi encounter case involving General Bikram Singh designate Army Chief for two weeks.
Following the conclusion of the arguments of the petitionersí Counsel Z A Qurashi, Senior Additional Advocate General, A M Magray today sought short adjournment submitting that Advocate General, M I Qadri was not present and he would argue the case.
Court of Justice Hasnain Massodi observed that the Union of India counsel, J S Johal would argue after Advocate General makes his stand clear before the court.
Making his main arguments concurrent even today, Qurashi told the court that the grave where ĎPakistani militant Mateen Chachaí is claimed to have been buried needs to be identified and DNA test of the body carried out.
"We donít say that militant attack did not take place in the area. We are only seeking reinvestigation of the incident to establish the identity of the person branded as a Pakistani militant," he argued.
A writ petition has been filed by Zaituna, mother of Abdullah Bhat, of Machil in Kupwara district, wherein she contends that her son was killed in a fake encounter at Janglat Mandi, Islamabad (Anantnag) in March 2001 and later branded as a Pakistani militant 'Mateen Chacha'.
The petitioner seeks direction to Police to identify the grave where the body of the alleged foreign militant namely Ghulam Mohuiddin alias Mateen Chacha was buried so that a DNA test of it could be carried out. They also seek directions for a compensation of Rs 60 lakhs.
According to the objections filed by the Defence ministry, Lt Gen Singh, who was then a brigadier commanding the 1 Sector Rashtriya Rifles in south Kashmir, was returning to Islamabad (Anantnag) after visiting various army units.
When the army convoy stopped at Janglat Mandi, a militant disguised as a beggar opened indiscriminate fire upon the armymen.
While Colonel JP Janu and Rifleman Ganesh Kumar were killed, Gen Singh and another officer were injured in the attack. The assailant and two civilians were also killed in the incident.
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