Five Army men get life for fake encounter

Nearly five years after the Machil fake encounter in Kashmir Valley five army men, including the Col D K Pathania commanding officer, and Captain Upendera, were found guilty by the Summary General Court Martial, that sentenced them to life imprisonment. One of the accused a subedar was let off. An army official said the sentencing is pending confirmation from the authority after which the action will be considered legally complete. Chief Minister Omar Abdallah stated 'No one in Kashmir believed justice would be done in such cases, so this is a watershed moment.. The incident was revealed in 2010, when bodies of three youths were shown by the Army as militants trying to sneak into the Valley from Machil with arms and ammunition. It was established by J & K police that the youths were residents of Baramulla district who were misled on the pretext of getting jobs and later were shot dead. Amnesty International said the decision was a 'welcome measure and a turning point'.