April 2000 News

Anantnag DIG ordered to file murder cases against Army, SOG

12 April 2000
Times of India

Srinagar: The chief judicial magistrate here has directed the DIG of police, Anantnag, to formally register murder cases against the Army and the Special Operations Group (SOG) officials responsible for the killing of five civilians at Panchalathan on March 25. The Army had claimed that the five persons killed were militants responsible for the Chattisinghpora massacre in which 35 Sikhs were killed. But the residents of Anantnag had said that they were innocent civilians who were missing from their homes. The people had come out in a procession protesting against the encounter, which led to police firing in which eight persons were killed. The bodies of the five persons were later exhumed and identified by their relatives. The court passed the order following the receipt of an inquiry report from deputy superintendent of police Sheikh Abdul Rehman, who told the court about the abduction of the five civilians by the security forces and the fake encounter.


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