Over 90% Human Rights Violation Charges In J&K, NE False: Army

Over 90% Human Rights Violation Charges In J&K, NE False: Army

27 December 2013
PTI


New Delhi: More than 90 percent of the allegations of human rights violation complaints filed against it in Jammu and Kashmir and the northeastern states have been found to be false, the Army said today. In the last almost 20 years, 1,574 complaints have been filed against the troops. Of these, 1,490 were found to be false and baseless, army officials said in New Delhi. The force said only 3.59 percent of the allegations levelled against it have been found to be true and investigations into 72 complaints were still going on. The army said it has punished 129 personnel including 59 in Jammu and Kashmir after they were found to be guilty in these charges. The assertion comes soon after the force ordered court martial against six of its men including a Colonel and a Major for allegedly gunning down three youths and labelling them as militants in Machhil in Jammu and Kashmir. The Machhil incident came to light on 30 April 2010 when bodies of three youths were shown by Army as militants who were trying to sneak into the Valley from higher reaches of Machhil in North Kashmir with arms and ammunition. It had later claimed that they were Pakistani terrorists. However, it was established by the Jammu and Kashmir Police that the unemployed youths-Mohamad Shafi, Shehzad Ahmed and Riyaz Ahmed-were residents of Nadihal in Baramulla district and apparently misled on the pretext of giving jobs and later shot dead.