Warrant against 5 Army men in fake encounter case
A priest allegedly picked up by security forces and killed in a fake encounter.
New Delhi: On Wednesday, non-bailable warrants were issued against five Army personnel, including the Commanding Officer of an Army unit, by a sessions court in Srinagar for killing a civilian in an alleged fake encounter in Ganderbal area in 2006.
The warrants were issued by Principal District and Sessions Judge, Srinagar, Hasnain Masoodi as the five accused Army personnel had failed to be present at any hearing of the case so far.
The court listed the next date of hearing as April 17.
Eleven persons, including five Army personnel, five policemen and a civilian were accused of conspiring to kill and murdering Showkat Ahmad Kataria, a priest in a mosque at Zadibal, in a fake encounter on October 4, 2006.
The accused include Col Vikram Singh of 13 Rashtriya Rifles, his second-in-command V K Sharma, Major Rishi, Junior Commissioned Officer Puran Singh and Naik Satya Lal.
Then Superintendent of Police, H S Parihar and his deputy Bahadur Ram are among five policemen who were arrested last year in connection with the killing of Kataria.
Kataria, who hailed from Banihal in Ramban district, was allegedly picked up by security forces from Zadibal area of the city on October 4, 2006.
He was later killed in an alleged fake encounter and dubbed as a foreign militant.
The case came to light after police investigations into the missing case of Abdul Rehman Paddar, a carpenter from Kokernag area, revealed that he had been killed in a fake encounter and later dubbed as a foreign militant.