Srinagar, Oct 9: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Saturday said it would urge the Union Defense Ministry to speed up the process of investigation and punishment to the Army personnel, including a Colonel and two Majors, involved in the Machil fake encounter.
Responding to a question by Independent MLA from Langate, Engineer Rashid, in the Legislative Assembly that government has not made any progress in the case, the Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs, Ali Muhammad Sagar, told the House that the Defence Minister had already assured that whosoever was involved in the killings would be punished.
"We are satisfied with the assurance from the Centre but the process of investigation should be speeded up and accused should be punished," Engineer Rashid demanded.
Responding to it, Sagar told the House that state government would take up the matter with GoI. "We will ask for speeding up the investigation into the case and punishment to the guilty."
The youth killed in the fake encounter were Muhammad Shafi Lone, Shehzad Ahmad and Riyaz Ahmed, all residents of Nadihal Rafiabad in Varmul district. Investigation by police had shown that on the directions of a Major, a trooper of Territorial Army, a former SPO and an army agent had motivated the youth who were killed in fake encounter to work as laborers for the army in lieu of Rs 2000 per day.
Police had charged with murder, kidnapping or abducting, concealing design to commit offence punishable with imprisonment and act done with common intention an Army Colonel, D K Pathania of the 4 Rajput Rifles, Major Upendra Singh, Major Maurya (Adjutant), and four other Army personnel, Subedar Satbir, Hawaldar Bir Singh, Sepoy Chadra Bhan, Sepoy Nagendra Singh and Sepoy Narendra Singh in the case. Besides, local Territorial Army personnel, Abbas Hussain Shah, and two civilians, Abdul Hamid Bhat and Bashir Ahmad Lone, were also charged by police in its charge sheet filed before the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Sopur.
The court had accordingly ruled out court martial of the accused persons by Army saying it falls beyond the option of court martial and the accused persons should be tried in the civil court.
However, Army filed revision petition with the District Sessions Court at Varmul against the Sopur court direction. It is still pending with the court.