New Delhi: Defence Minister A.K. Antony on Saturday said his Ministry would fully cooperate with the Jammu and Kashmir police probe into the alleged fake encounter in Kashmir involving an army jawan and promised that anybody found “guilty will be punished“.
He said the army is also enquiring into the allegations that three youth were lured to the Line of Control and killed in a fake encounter.
“The Jammu and Kashmir government has already ordered an enquiry. We will fully cooperate and there is no question of cover up. Whoever is guilty will be punished... There is no question of cover up and nobody will be spared,” he said.
The Defence Minister was talking to journalists on the sidelines of the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL).
Jammu and Kashmir Police arrested three persons including a territorial army jawan for the alleged fake encounter in Machil sector of north Kashmir.
The Army is “carefully studying” the Armed Forces Tribunal judgment indicting a senior commander for his role in falsifying Kargil war reports and showing bias against a Brigadier, Mr. Antony said.
“I had a meeting with the Army Chief and the Army is carefully studying the report,” he said. The Tribunal has held that former 15 Corps Commander Lt Gen Kishan Pal falsified accounts of some of the battles fought during the Kargil conflict and discredited the then 70 Infantry Brigade commander Brigadier Devinder Singh over his role in the war while writing his annual confidential report.
Crediting the UPA government for setting up the Tribunal, Antony said, “we took the initiative to have the Tribunal as we wanted that if there was any complaint from our retired persons and armed forces personnel, it should not only be looked into by the Services headquarters and the Ministry, it should have a judicial look also.”
To a question on the arrest of a Navy man for spying activities, The Defence Minister said, “I discussed this issue with the Navy chief. He is a lower-level Navy man. Now the Delhi police is enquiring into that and the Navy will also conduct an enquiry in their own way.” — PTI