By Saleem Iqbal Qadri, Srinagar, Jan 24 IBNS | 9 months ago

Eight years after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) charged five Army men, including four officers and a Junior Commissioned Officer, with murder of five civilians in Pathribal area of south Kashmir's Islamabad (Anantnag) district in 2000, the Army Thursday said it has closed the case "because the evidence recorded couldn't establish a prime-facie case against any of the accused".

In a tweet, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah expressed disappointment over closing of the Pathribal fake encounter by the Army and termed it as a serious matter.

"A matter as serious as #Pathribal can't be closed or wished away like this more so with the findings of the CBI so self evident." Omar tweeted.

In another tweet, Omar said his government will examine options.

"Extremely disappointed with the decision of the army regiment #Pathribal. Will ask the Law Dept & Advocate General to examine options," he posted on micro-blogging site Twitter.

Pertinently, on March 25, 2000, the Army killed five men at Pathribal village of Islamabad (Anantnag) district claiming they were "foreign militants" responsible for the Chattisinghpora massacre.

Official reports claimed that the Army men had, after a gunfight, blown up the hut where the men were hiding, and had retrieved five bodies that were charred beyond recognition. The bodies were buried separately without any post-mortem examination.

(Posted on 24-01-2014)

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