Indian Army probes massacre charge in Kashmir
5 October 2005
The Daily Times
Srinagar: The Indian Army is probing charges that a group of soldiers killed four civilians in Kashmir and presented them as militants in the hope of securing military awards, an official said on Wednesday. Police have also joined the investigation into the allegations that a colonel, a major and 10 troops gunned down four men in the northern Kashmiri village of Devar on April 20, 2004 and claimed they were insurgents killed in a firefight.The probe was launched after the father of one of the slain men, Madan Lal, said he had received an anonymous letter alleging that all four were killed by the 12 alleged glory-hunters. 'The soldiers lured the four men to a village with promises of jobs as porters and then staged the gunbattle, killing them all,' said Sunil Dutt, a police officer from the northern Kupwara district.Lal said the soldiers drove their four victims from Indian Kashmir's winter capital of Jammu to Devar near Kupwara, a distance of 300 kilometres, and then shot them. The 12 suspects belonged to counter-insurgency Rashtriya Rifles, said Dutt.