In Kashmir, Army Chief Sends Word Down The Line: No Custody Death
9 February 2006
The Indian Express
Srinagar: Taking serious note of the large number of allegations of custodial killings, Chief of Army Staff Gen J J Singh has told field commanders involved in counter-insurgency operations in J&K that he will not tolerate any such incidents in future. Sources told The Indian Express that the Army Chief personally conveyed the orders to the Corps Commanders of 15 and 16 Corps based in Srinagar and Nagrota. It is learnt that the two Corps Commanders, Lt General S S Dhillon and Lt General Sudhir Sharma, have already passed strict directives to the Brigadiers and Sector Commanders to implement the orders of the Chief of Army staff in letter and spirit. In fact, a week ago, a meeting of commanders of 19 Infantry Division, 28 Infantry Division, two Rashtriya Rifles divisions, Kilo Force, Victor Force and all the Brigade Commanders and Sector Commanders was called at Baramulla where it was 'emphasised that all the good work done by the Army tend to be negated by such alleged incidents.' The meeting was headed by General Officer Commanding, 15 Corps, Lt. Gen S S Dhillon. Known for advocating zero-tolerance to human rights violations, Lt Gen Dhillon is said to have told the meeting that 'error of judgement in soldierly actions are acceptable but error of intention will be viewed very seriously.'