Guilty Army Men In Sopore Killings To Be Punished: Kapoor

18 March 2009
The Times of India

New Delhi: Promising punishment to personnel guilty of the Sopore killings, Army on Wednesday said its internal probe would be complete by next week and the force would not hesitate to take action for any breach of discipline. 'The Army inquiry is likely to be finalised in the next week or so, and based on that, we shall take action if the inquiry finds any of those, who are involved, guilty,' Army chief General Deepak Kapoor told reporters here. Kapoor's strong message against human rights violations by army personnel against civilians comes a day after Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah met defence minister A K Antony and sought action against security personnel, who reportedly shot dead two civilians in Sopore on February 22. Stating that his policy was to always punish any Army personnel found guilty of human rights violation, Kapoor said: 'The Army would not hesitate to take action required for breach of discipline.' To a query on likely infiltration by militants from Pakistan ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in Jammu and Kashmir, the Army chief said the militancy infrastructure in the neighbouring country to push in the insurgents was intact and so were the Army preparations to tackle the threats.