Chief Minister censures Army ‘impunity’

Says Machil Fake Encounter Triggered 2010 Agitation


Srinagar, July 5: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Friday questioned the impunity enjoyed by Army soldiers operating in Jammu and Kashmir. He also said that enquiries ordered since 1996 have not yielded any results.
Talking to Greater Kashmir, Omar said: “I understand that Army needs a legal cover to operate. I don’t argue with that. My point is that why does legal cover has to extend to impunity. That is what is happening. While seeking to give legal cover to soldiers we are now giving them impunity wherein their actions have no consequences (punishment). There again trust is eroded. There have been number of incidents where even if action has been taken, Kashmiris don’t know if anything has happened. Chatisinghpora, the subsequent murder of innocent people who were projected as militants, is a glaring example of it.”
Recalling the 2010 agitation in Kashmir, Omar said, “Tufail Matoo’s death was not the starting point of the unrest. Those of us who are willing to look at it entirely will know this process actually started with Machil fake encounter. Geelani’s calendar of Quit Kashmir was a result of the Machil fake encounter. Tufail Matoo’s death was result of that anger as protests had already started. Tear smoke flew because of Machil fake encounter.”
He said there is a need for the Government of India at the highest levels to take a look at these incidents and “realize that unless justice is seen to be done people will not have faith in the institutions.”
Referring to the killing of two youth at Markundal in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district, Omar said: “Today in the aftermath of the incident like Bandipora when you announce that you will have an enquiry and look into the matter, who trusts it? Most people turn around and say well what is the point of this enquiry? Like all other enquiries it will meet the same fate. We are put on the defensive. Very few enquiries have been taken to their logical conclusion or the findings of these enquiries have been shared with people since 1996 to 2013.” (See Full Interview in the Interview section of GK's online edition.)

Lastupdate on : Fri, 5 Jul 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 5 Jul 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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