J-K HC gives one month time on fake encounter issue

Last Updated: Wed, Feb 15, 2012 13:20 hrs

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Wednesday gave a month's time to Defence Ministry to submit its response to a petition filed by a woman alleging fake encounter killing of her son in 2001 in an incident involving Lt Gen Bikram Singh, a top contender for the post of Army chief.

Justice Hasnain Masoodi gave four weeks time to the counsel of Defence Ministry, Union of India, to file objections to the petition filed by one Zaituna, who has claimed that her son was killed in a fake encounter in March 2001 at Janglat Mandi in Anantnag District and later branded as a foreign militant.

The state government and SSP Anantnag, who are the other respondents in the case, have already filed their objections to the petition, pleading it be dismissed as it was not maintainable.

The SSP Anantnag, in his report, denied the claim of the petitioners that they had approached the police authorities of the district for many years seeking a reinvestigation of the case.

It said the NGO, YES Kashmir, approached the police only last year with an application and claimed that the promoter had "vested interest" as he was a former militant with two cases pending against him.

Eastern Army Commander Lt Gen Bikram Singh, who was then a Brigadier commanding the Rashtriya Rifles in south Kashmir, was injured in a militant attack that left four persons, including an army officer and two civilians dead.

Another person was killed in the retaliatory action of the army and police later identified him as Ghulam Mohiuddin Ramzie alias Mateen Chacha, a resident of Pakistan.

Zaituna, a resident of Kalaroos in north Kashmir's Kupwara district, filed the petition before the High Court last year claiming that the alleged militant was her son Abdullah Bhat, who was not involved in militancy.

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