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Army in the dock again


Aggrieved villagers say armed forces are harassing people
ZUBAIR A. DAR | Issue Dated: July 15, 2007
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Army in the dock again Respite finally came the Army’s way when Judicial Magistrate, Bandipora, ordered the handover for court martial proceedings against two 57 Rashtriya Rifles troopers, Balwant Singh and Joginder Singh, accused of attempting to rape a 17-year-old girl at village Kunan in Gujar Patti area of north Kashmir Bandipora District.

The two were subsequently handed over to the army from the Bandipora police station where they had spent three days behind the bars. The police had rescued the duo from an angry mob that paraded them half naked for five kilometers all the way to Bandipora town from the Kunan village where they had allegedly forced their entry into the house of one Mohammad Rafiq Khan and tried to rape his teenage daughter.

Meanwhile, tension prevails in the Gujar Patti area on account of the counter FIR filed by the army that they were out on intelligence gathering. GOC 15 Corps, Major General A S Sekhon, had stated that “the two were made hostage where they were out gathering intelligence inputs”.

Though the army has instituted an internal inquiry into the matter, the police too is investigating the case following an FIR filed by those who severely beat up the ‘erring’ troopers, The counter FIR filed by the army charging the mob with “wrongful confinement of troopers on duty” is perceived by the people as “a measure to harass those who resisted the attempt to rape”.

“Army is trying to hide the truth,” alleged Rasheed, who was in the mob that paraded the two troopers. “After the counter FIR, police will be coming looking for every youth in the village,” added another villager.
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