Army Major Booked For J&K 'fake Encounter'

17 September 2008
The Times of India

Srinagar: Jammu & Kashmir police on Wednesday booked an Army major and some jawans for allegedly killing a surrendered militant in a fake encounter at Angate Gali area of Bari Dokh in Gandoh Tehsil of Doda of Jammu division. Additional superintendent of police Bhaderwah, A R Katoch told TOI that a case has been registered against Maj Vijay Anand and his associates of 26 Rashtriya Rifles fo killing Mohammad Aslam Malik. Malik, who had surrendered to the police on August 4, 2008, was allegedly picked up by the troops of 26 RR and killed in a fake encounter at Angate Gali in Gandoh tehsil of Doda district. Katoch said Malik was not suspected to be a separatist militant. The Army claimed to have killed the militant in an encounter on Tuesday but their claim was disputed the residents of the area, who said the deceased was a local trader and the son of a retired police officer Muhammad Iqbal Malik. He had gone to collect money from the shopkeepers when he was killed, locals said. Defence Spokesman Lt Col SD Goswami denied the police charges. He said on specific information about presence of 2-3 militants in the area, a column of 26 RR and police launched a joint search operation. Police deny being part of operation. 'As the troops zeroed in, militants fired and in retaliation one militant was killed,' Goswami said.