More on Ummid: International l National Regional l Politics Business Religion l History l Culture l Education



Abdul Kalam calls for setting up biodiversity zones in the country

Bhopal gas victims demand special punishment cells for the guilty

MV Rachel Corrie seized by Israeli forces

Kerala Jamaat Chief criticizes CM remarks

Israeli troops board Gaza aid ship MV Rachel Corrie

Hezbollah chief describes Israel as ’state of terror’

Indian-origin Ohio girl wins 83rd Scripps National Spelling Bee

Israeli naval ships "shadowing" new Gaza-bound aid ship: Reports

India should snap all ties with Israel, demand Muslim groups


To Mohammad Wajihuddin, with regret: In reply to your report on excommunication .... Read Full

Excommunication of Muslims in Malegaon: Half-baked stories to strengthen stereotype

Muslims in India don’t vote effectively, so are the Muslims in United States: One of the many reasons behind the sufferings ..... Read Full

Country of Immigrants, United States is a WORLD in itself

World not a paradise like Washington: Courtesy, US Foreign Policy


Israeli naval ships "shadowing" new Gaza-bound aid ship: Reports: Rachel Corrie cargo ship kept its course for a Saturday arrival in Gaza — or confrontation .... Read Full

'Catholic priests, Muslim groups pushing extremism in Kerala': Kerala Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan Friday said Catholic priests and Muslim political leaders are spreading "minority  .... Read Full

Despite losing legs in accident, she cracked HSC Board with flying colors: She was returning home from the college when met with a train accident. The accident completely damaged her .... Read Full

45th time unlucky, Jabbar to sit in Class 10 board exams again: It was 45th time unlucky for 66-year-old Jabbar Husain from an Uttar Pradesh village who has failed his Class 10 exams again this  .... Read Full



A wake up call to Muslim Leaders: For last several years, I have been cautioning “Muslim leaders” to be more realistic, visionary and attentive to the pulse  .... Read Full

Attack on Freedom Flotilla: Come on Obama, earn your Noble!: When President Barrack Obama was declared the winner of the Noble Prize for Peace 2009  ..... Read Full

Maharashtra ignores Gafoor, appoints his junior as DGP: Till yesterday Hasan Gafoor was being hinted by none other than state Chief Minister Ashok..... Read Full

Gujarat HC upholds death sentence in Akashardham attack case: The Gujarat High Court on Tuesday upheld the POTA court verdict awarding death sentence .... Read Full

Fed up of militancy: Majority of Kashmiris respond in a survey: Against the prevalent propaganda by the communal forces in  ..... Read Full

'AMU National Centres aimed at providing dignified existence to minorities': Unfolding an elaborate action plan, Aligarh Muslim University   .... Read Full


Two army men suspended over Kashmir civilian killings

Sunday, June 06, 2010 05:25:20 PM, IANS

Fed up of militancy: Majority of Kashmiris respond in a survey: Against the prevalent propaganda by the communal forces in India, majority of Kashmiris are not only against joining Pakistan but are also fed up of militancy. Interestingly, the view is  ..... Read Full

Srinagar/New Delhi: A day ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's Kashmir visit, the Indian Army Sunday suspended two senior officers - a colonel and a major - for their alleged involvement in the killing of three civilians in a staged shootout in April after they were labelled as infiltrators from Pakistan, officials said.

Commanding Officer of 4 Rajput Regiment Colonel D.K. Pathania has been removed from his command and Major Upender, named as the prime suspect in the April 30 shootout case, has also been relieved of active duty pending the inquiry, officials said.

"Colonel (Pathania) has been removed from the command. The second officer (Upender) has been suspended as of now and the inquiry has been ordered," the chief of army's Northern Command Lieutenant General B.S. Jaswal told reporters in Srinagar.

Jaswal assured that the inquiry will be "totally transparent" to seek the truth in the killing of Shahzad Ahmad Khan, Riyaz Ahmad Lone and Mohammed Shafi Lone of Nadihal village in Kupwara district of north Kashmir.

The three were killed in a shootout April 30 and the army claimed they were guerrillas from Pakistan attempting to cross to this side of the Line of Control (LoC) in Machil sector.

The police became suspicious when they saw that all the three were in summer clothes as opposed to warmer clothing needed while crossing the snowbound LoC in extremely cold weather. Police also found bullet wounds in their heads, which they say was unlikely to happen during a gunfight. Their bodies were exhumed last month and their relatives identified them as civilians.

Police have registered murder cases, saying the three were civilians and were killed by army personnel in a staged shootout for cash rewards.

Jaswal said the army's "genuine concern is to be transparent".

"This (suspension of officers) is the first step. And this should be the indicator that subsequently we will be coming out with the truth."

The action against the accused officers comes a day before Manmohan Singh's day-long visit to Kashmir Monday to oversee developmental work.

Army sources in Delhi said the colonel has also been asked not to leave the Kashmir Valley till the probe into the case is completed. Pathania was to join his regiment that has been relocated to Meerut.

Police have arrested three co-conspirators -- Abbas Hussain Shah, Bashir Ahmad Lone and Fayaz Ahmad. The police inquiry relies heavily on the statement of Abbas Hussain Shah, who is a soldier with the 161 Battalion of the Territorial Army.

The army has also ordered its own inquiry that is being headed by an officer of the rank of general officer commanding and is assisted by two other senior officers.

The sources said that the officer heading the inquiry has been ordered to speed up the process and submit a report to the defence ministry for action against the officials if they were found guilty.

This is the second time that a serving army officer has been removed from a command.

Earlier in 2006, Colonel R.S. Guleria of 33 Rashtriya Rifles was removed from his command for the alleged killing of three cricket playing boys in Dudipora-Handwara.




  Bookmark and Share

Home | Top of the Page

  Comment on this article


E-mail Address:

Write here...







 Home | Contact Us | Disclaimer | Terms of Use | About Us | Feedback

Ummid Business: Advertise with us | Careers | Link Exchange is part of Awaz Multimedia & Publications providing World News, News Analysis and Feature Articles on Education, Health. Politics, Technology, Sports, Entertainment, Industry etc. The articles or the views displayed on this website are for public information and in no way describe the editorial views. The users are entitled to use this site subject to the terms and condition mentioned.