Pathribal Case Shut For Ever: Army

Pathribal Case Shut For Ever: Army

29 January 2014
Greater Kashmir
Shabir Ibn Yusuf

Srinagar: Terming the reports about re-investigation of Pathribal fake encounter as speculative, Army Wednesday said the case has been closed and there is no question of fresh probe. “There is no question of re-opening or re-investigation of Pathribal case,” a top Army officer told Greater Kashmir. “Reports about re-investigation are speculative.” The officer said there was no mention of Pathribal during the national security meet chaired by Defence Minister AK Antony on Tuesday in New Delhi. “The security scenario of Jammu and Kashmir, particularly the situation on Line of Control and International Border was discussed threadbare, but there was no mention of Pathribal at all,” he said, adding that there has been no discussion about the case even at Army Headquarters level. The officer said the case has been closed by Army ‘after proper investigations.’ “There is no past history of re-investigating cases probed by Army,' he said. CBI had indicted five Army personnel for killing five local civilians in a fake encounter at Pathribal in South Kashmir’s Islamabad (Anantnag) district in March 2000. Army had claimed that those killed were foreign militants responsible for gunning down 35 members of Sikh community a few days earlier. Consequent to the CBI probe and an order from Supreme Court in March 2012, Army had taken over the case from the Court of the Srinagar Chief Judicial Magistrate. Army said 50 witnesses were examined, including a large number of civilian witnesses and state government and police officials, however nothing was found.