Army Deflates Bomai Probe

15 March 2009
Rising Kashmir

Srinagar: Army has refused to participate in the inquiry being conducted by the State government into the killing of two innocent civilians at Bomai in Sopore town in February saying such a probe was not valid. A New Delhi based private news channel NDTV reported that the inquiry, initiated by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, had blamed army personnel present at the site of encounter for not verifying claims of their informers before shooting down innocent civilians. The civilian inquiry had asked army to present before it personnel involved in the killing. NDTV quoted sources as saying that the Brigade Command informed through a letter that such an inquiry was not valid under the Army Act. Citing the Army Act, the force handed over a statement giving their version of the story, NDTV reported. The army's rejection of the government probe is likely to figure in the high-level meeting between the CM, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and the army authorities scheduled for Wednesday in Jammu, the sources said. The CM had come down heavily on troops for using excess force and announced an inquiry into the killing of two youths on February 22.