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Prime accused in fake encounter case confesses to shooting civilian in Kashmir


August 14, 2011 - Poonch

A prime accused of a fake encounter case has confessed to shooting a civilian here on August 9.

An official of the Indian Army and local police had earlier conducted a joint operation on August 7 and declared that they had killed a divisional commander of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

However, senior Army officials had revealed that two officials had killed a civilian.

While talking to media, Majid, the prime accused in the case, said that he along with his team member shot the civilian and killed him.

"We brought him from Rajouri in a car and then took him to Pam Road. We further took him towards Nikimuri side where we did the encounter.

We fired at him and killed him. Nobody was there with us at that time, and after 15-20 minutes, the police team came," said Majid.

After the incident, Jammu and Kashmir Police had arrested the two army soldiers who were suspected of being involved in the killing.

The civilian was mistaken to be a top Lashkar commander.

Ashkoor Ahmed Wani, Senior Superintendent of Police of Poonch, said another accused Abdul Haq was also arrested for supplying arms and ammunition to the culprits.

"I just want to say that a third man has been arrested in this case, whose name is Abdul Haq alias Papa, son of Roosdeen. He was accused of supplying arms and ammunitions to them and hence, he has been charged for this case in arms act," said Wani.

Meanwhile, the President of People's Democratic Party, Mehbooba Mufti, has questioned the state government headed by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah over its lack of governance and on the increasein spate of fake encounters in the Kashmir Valley.

Mufti described the fake encounter as a crime and also said that theburying of Ashok Kumar, the victim, according to Muslim rituals was religiously wrong.

ANI

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