Jammu: On, Monday Indian army's northern command chief confirmed the life sentence awarded to six…
Srinagar: The Army on Thursday convicted seven armymen, including two officers and sentenced them to life imprisonment for their involvement in a staged shootout in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district in 2010.
All service benefits of the 7 convicted army men have also been suspended but the convicted can appeal any higher court.
On April 30, 2010, Shahzad Ahmad Khan, Mohammad Shafi Lone and Riyaz Ahmad Lone of Nadihal Rafiabad, Sopore were lured to work as porters for the army and promised good money for the job. Instead they were taken to Machil where they were handed over to the army who killed them in alleged fake encounter branding them infiltrators, three days after they went missing.
However, on December 2013, Indian army decided to court martial six of its men including a colonel and major.
Anger had swept across Kashmir after the killing of three youth. The incident had sown the seeds of the 2010 agitation which killed 120 people in Kashmir.
Police had promptly registered a case and filed a 600-page chargesheet in the local court at Sopore charging 11 men including surrendered militant Bashir Ahmad Lone, Abdul Hamid, Syed Abbas of Territorial Army, Colonel DK Pathania who was commanding officer of 4-Rajput, Major Moriya, who was the adjutant and Major Upinder.
Army had ordered a high level court of enquiry by a brigadier level officer which has submitted the report after collecting the summary of evidence recommending the court martial proceedings against six men including Col Pathania, Major Upinder and four other ranks.