Pathribal: Govt to file writ petition in HC

Jammu: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday said his government was not satisfied with the Army’s decision to close the Pathribal fake encounter case of 2000 and urged the government of India to reinvestigate the case.
“At the time when we appreciate Army’s decision to court martial the culprits of Machil fake encounter, we felt dissatisfied with their closure order on the Pathribal incident. We want the incident should be reinvestigated,” Omar said while addressing the Legislative Assembly after the discussion on Governor NN Vohra’s inaugural speech to both Houses of the legislature.
“Five people were killed in the (Pathribal) incident and there is no confusion that they were innocent and there is no confusion that someone has trained guns at them.  If the Army did not find evidence against the accused then the case should ne reinvestigated. These five people did not commit suicide or got themselves buried of their own. Government of India can’t put the case under carpet, culprits need to be identified,” Omar added.
He said his government can’t oppose the Army’s decision but it will file a writ petition against it in High Court.
“I have discussed the case with the law department and attorney general and they have advised that the state has a provision to oppose the decision by lodging a writ petition in High Court,” said Omar.