Six Army personnel face life sentence for fake encounter

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Udhampur: The Northern Command GOC of the Indian Army on Monday confirmed the life sentence awarded to six Army personnel, including a colonel-rank officer, by a general court martial in the 2012 Machil fake encounter case.

Colonel S.D. Goswami, spokesman of the Army’s Northern Command said, “General Officer Commanding in Chief (GOC-in-C), Northern Command, Lieutenant-General D.S. Hooda has confirmed the sentence of a Summary General Court Martial in the Machil encounter case. Colonel Dinesh Pathania, Captain Upendra, Havildar Devendra Kumar, Lance Naik Lakhmi, Lance Naik Arun Kumar and Rifleman Abbas Hussain have been awarded life imprisonment.”

In April 2012, the Army had claimed killing three guerrillas in Machil sector on the Line of Control in Kupwara district during an infiltration bid.
There was a public outcry after photographs of those killed in the alleged encounter were released, as relatives and neighbours of the slain persons claimed that the three civilians were framed and killed in a stage-managed gunfight and they were not connected with militancy in any way.

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