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Army closes Pathribal fake encounter case after 14 years

Jammu: Indian Army has closed the Pathribal fake encounter case on Thursday because the evidence recorded couldn't establish a prime-facie case against any of the accused.On 25 March 2000, Indian military forces killed five men
India TV News Desk January 24, 2014 8:19 IST
India TV News Desk
Jammu: Indian Army has closed the Pathribal fake encounter case on Thursday because the evidence recorded couldn't establish a prime-facie case against any of the accused.

On 25 March 2000, Indian military forces killed five men in Pathribal village of Anantnag district, claiming that the victims were the “foreign militants” responsible for the attacks.

Official reports claimed that security forces had, after a gun fight, blown up the hut where the men were hiding, and had retrieved five bodies that had been charred beyond recognition. The bodies were buried separately without any postmortem examination.

Later local villagers began to protest, claiming that the men were ordinary civilians who had been killed in a fake encounter, not “foreign militants.” According to them, up to 17 men had been detained by the police and “disappeared” between 21–24 March.

On 19 March 2012,The CBI told the Supreme Court of India that the fake encounter at Pathribal in Jammu and Kashmir 12 years ago in which seven people were killed by Army personnel “were cold-blooded murders and the accused officials deserve to be meted out exemplary punishment.

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) charged five Army men, including four officers and a Junior Commissioned Officer. Now Army has closed the case.

The case was handed over to CBI in January, 2003. Army had claimed that those killed were mercenaries who were responsible for gunning down 35 members of the Sikh community in an attack on March 21 while the then US President Bill Clinton was on a visit to India.