Military court suspends life imprisonment of Army men involved in Machil fake encounter  

Srinagar

The life imprisonment of five army men convicted in the infamous Machil fake encounter has been suspended by a military court, Daily Mail reported on Monday.

The report said that the accused were granted bail by the armed forces tribunal in the case related to the death of three Kashmiri civilians in 2010.

“The accused army men were dismissed from service and given jail terms allegedly under pressure from the then National Conference government in the state,” the report said.

Colonel Dinesh Pathania, Captain Upendra, Havildar Devender Kumar, Lance Naik Lakhmi, Lance Naik Arun Kumar from 4 Rajput Regiment and rifleman Abbas Hussain of the Territorial Army were convicted in 2014 for alleged human rights abuse.

The report further said that the armed forces tribunal bench headed by Justice VK Shali suspended the punishment awarded to these personnel and granted them bail in the case,’ Major Anand Kumar and Major SS Pandey, the two lawyers of five Army personnel in the case, told Mail Today.

The suspension of punishment means that the troops would be out of jail while the court would continue to hear the case on the trial conducted by the force against them.

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