Army, Police Contradict Each Other

Army, Police Contradict Each Other

30 June 2013
Kashmir Times
Shabir Ahmad

Anantnag: Army on Monday said that the night operation at Markundal area in north Kashmir in which two persons were killed was jointly launched by it and the police. In a hurriedly organised press conference at Victor Force headquarters Awantipora, General Officer Commanding (GOC), Victor Force, R R Nimborkar, said, “There were inputs about the presence of militants in the area on the basis of which army and police had jointly launched an operation to trace the militants. But unfortunately two youth have lost their lives in the area and we are very much saddened by the incident. We convey our deep condolences to the bereaved family.” However, on the FIR registered by the police against army and the allegations of locals that army alone was responsible for the incident, GOC failed to give the satisfactory answer saying, “We are investigating into the details of the incident.” GOC further said that they are not clear yet as to what has actually happened. “Since the exact details of the incident are not clear yet so I will be not be able to comment on what has happened actually. But I assure you that detailed investigations will be carried out into the incident. If any sort of wrong doing is found on part of army during the investigation appropriate action will be taken,” GOC said. On what the preliminary investigations reveal, GOC said, “I have already told you that we have initiated investigations and appropriate action will be taken if any wrong doing is found.” Asked about the need of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) amid the claims of decline in militancy GOC said, “I think we should talk about the incident only which has happened today and discuss AFSPA and other things some other day.” He further added that they have put all the security measures in place the security of Amarnath pilgrims. “Like previous years we have put all the possible security measures in place to ensure the security of the Amarnath Yatris. We are supposed to protect them and have launched operation Shiva for their protection,” GOC said. However, police countered the statement of the army and said that there was no question of police being part of the operation. “Police was informed only after the first incident had taken place. So there was no question of police being part of the operation. Police rushed to the spot only after being informed about the incident,' DIG north Kashmir, JP Singh said.