February 2007 News

Two more Kashmir cops arrested for 'fake encounters'

8 February 2007
Indo-Asian News Service

Srinagar: Two more police officials from Jammu and Kashmir's Ganderbal unit have been arrested by the special investigating team (SIT) probing the disappearance and murder of five villagers.Police sources said the SIT team searched the Ganderbal special operations group (SOG) camp and took into custody head constable Tariq and selection grade constable Syed Sakhi Shah Wednesday evening. Arms and ammunition were also recovered. With this, the total number of police arrests by the SIT has gone to eight, including former Ganderbal senior superintendent of police H.R. Parihar and his deputy Bahadur Ram. Three of Parihar's bodyguards were also arrested. In an issue that has grabbed national headlines, five south Kashmir villagers were picked up by the Ganderbal SOG in the past one year from different places in Srinagar. They were allegedly framed as foreign guerrillas and murdered in 'fake encounters' at different places. According to officials, the SIT team acted on information provided by the arrested cops and recovered one AK-47, four hand grenades and nearly 300 AK-47 rounds, which were unaccounted for and buried inside the SOG camp. 'The probe is nearing completion. More arrests cannot be ruled out. The SIT is chasing every lead that we get,' said an official.


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