GOC: Trust Men But Difficult To Say Every Encounter Correct

GOC: Trust Men But Difficult To Say Every Encounter Correct

6 June 2010
The Hindustan Times
Muzamil Jaleel

Srinagar: Noting that action has been initiated, the Army on Sunday promised a “totally transparent” probe into the Macchil encounter and strict action against the guilty. However, it opposed the repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and denied there was any doubt about the veracity of other encounters in Kashmir. A day ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to the Valley, General Officer Commanding, Northern Command, Lt General B S Jaswal said the Army was committed to bring out the truth. “The CO has been removed from command. The second officer has been suspended and an inquiry ordered,” he said. “It would be totally transparent and the truth will be in front of you.” Asked why the Army failed to detect the alleged fake encounter, Lt Gen Jaswal said it was too premature for him to comment. He said he needed the probe to be over to also take a call on the police view that the Army couldn’t take recourse to the AFSPA, as the “encounter” didn’t fall in the category of counter-insurgency. “I personally feel they were part of uniform when they did this act. Whether they have done it or not, it will come out and we will see,” Lt Gen Jaswal said. He allayed fears about veracity of other encounters along Line of Control. “We have got After Action Reports and evidence. No such thing is there, but it is very difficult to point out that every encounter is absolutely correct. I believe in my troops and I believe all encounters are true,” he said. “Unfortunately there are one or two....”


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