Machil verdict, Budgam response ahead of PM visit raises eyebrows

Jammu, November 3: The Army is likely to take tough action against its men involved in the Budgam mistaken identity shootout in 2014 this week. This decision of Indian Army has raised several eyebrows re the fact it coincides with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Srinagar this week.
The Army is likely to take tough action in the Budgam shootout in the year 2014 against its soldiers who opened fire on five innocent youth, that led to the killing of two of them.
Going back in the history, the Army had also announced verdict in the infamous Machil fake encounter case of 2010 in the midst of Assembly elections.
Explaining it further, sources said that the Army ordered court martial proceedings against six Army personnel, including two officers, in the Machil fake encounter case on December 25th 2013. Court martial proceedings of the case ended on September 7 this year when the Northern Command chief, Lt Gen DS Hooda, confirmed the sentence. On December 8, 2014, Modi addressed an election rally in Srinagar for the five-phased Assembly elections.
While referring to the same case, a defense official has said, “it is the first time army has taken action against its men for gunning down innocent youth. This had not happened in the last 30 years.”
Image courtesy - IBN Live
Image courtesy – IBN Live

While appreciating Lt Gen Hooda for “quickly” admitting the “mistake” in Budgam and delivering justice in Machil, some Senior Army officers have said that it conveys Northern Command chief’s resolve to zero tolerance towards human rights abuse.

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