Jammu: Army on Thursday said fresh summons have been issued to eye-witnesses in the Pathribal fake encounter case even as it asserted that the court-martial proceedings were being held outside the jurisdiction of Srinagar-based 15 corps to ensure fair play.
    
"The Army has once again issued summons through CJM Anantanag to the civilian witnesses, including the relatives of the five persons killed in Pathribal encounter, this time giving sufficient time for them to appear", PRO, Ministry of Defence (MoD), Army's Northern Command Lt Col Rajesh Kalia said on Thursday.
    
"The concerned J and K Police personnel have also been sent summons to appear as witness before the officer recording Summary of Evidence", he added.
    
The court-martial is being carried out against five officers allegedly involved in the Pathribal fake encounter killing of five innocent men in Anantnag district of Kashmir more than 12 years ago.
    
The Army spokesperson said it is for fair play and equity that the proceedings are being held outside the jurisdiction of 15 Corps and exhorted the witnesses to appear and give evidence.
    
Army had issued summons to eye-witnesses and relatives to depose before Army commander from September 20 after he initiated disciplinary proceedings against the accused Army Officers in the alleged Pathribal fake encounter case at Nagrota-based 16 Corps headquarters.
    
However, nobody turned up from civilian eye witnesses and relatives.
    
Consequent to the Supreme Court's Order, the Army had taken over the case from Chief Judicial Magistrate, Srinagar and thereafter attached these officers to its Nagrota based 16 Corps.

(Agencies)

 Latest News from Jammu and Kashmir News Desk