Army Regrets Shooting, Orders Court Of Inquiry
25 July 2005
The Indian Express
New Delhi: Describing the killing of three schoolboys on Saturday as an 'unfortunate tragedy', the Army today regretted its 'genuine mistake' as protests broke out in Kupwara. The force, however, is firm on its proposal for at least three additional RR counter- insurgency battalions that is hanging fire at the Ministry of Finance. Military intelligence has indicated a possible deluge of infiltration attempts across all frontier along the LoC in the next four months. The Udhampur-based Northern Command has ordered a court of inquiry into the accidental ambush, though it has appealed for empathy and calm: 'Militants were killed at this very spot just two weeks ago. The Army regrets this unfortunate loss of life. Instructions have been issued to prevent recurrence of the same,' an Army spokesperson said. GOC 15 Corps Lt Gen S.S. Dhillon also said that it was a 'regrettable mistake'. 'In a heavily wooded area late in the night, it is a question of kill or be killed, especially as there was an encounter just two weeks previously. It was clearly a case of mistaken identity,' the spokesperson said.