“Extremely disappointed with the decision of the army regarding Pathribal. Will ask the Law Dept & Advocate General to examine options. 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,” he tweeted.
     
The army has closed this case, saying that the evidence recorded could not establish prime facie charges against any of the five accused persons.

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Army authorities have conveyed this decision to the Court of the Judicial Magistrate in Srinagar.

"The evidence recorded could not establish a prime facie case against any of the accused persons," a defence spokesman said in Jammu.
    
However, it was clearly established that it (the Pathribal encounter) was a joint operation by police and the army based on specific intelligence,” the spokesman said. "The case has been closed by army authorities and intimation given to the Court of the Judicial Magistrate in Srinagar," the spokesman added.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had in 2006 indicted five army personnel for staging the encounter while giving a clean chit to th state police.

The CBI, which was handed over the case in January, 2003, alleged that officers and jawans of Seven Rashtriya Rifles namely Brig Ajay Saxena, Lt Col Brahendra Pratap Singh, Major Saurabh Sharma, Major Amit Saxena and Subedar Idrees Khan had staged a fake encounter and killed five innocent civilians whom they said were terrorists involved in an attack on Sikhs at Chittisinghpora in south Kashmir. Five persons were killed on March 26, 2000 at Pathribal in South Kashmir.

(Agencies)

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