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JK Police summons two Army official in fake surrender case

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Srinagar, Apr 20 (UNI) The Jammu and Kashmir Police has summoned two senior Army officials for investigations into the ''fake surrender'' case of last year, sources said today.

They said the police on March 29 this year had sent letters to the GOC-in-C of the Nothern Command in Udhampur and the Army Headquarters in New Delhi, informing them that Brigadier J S Bhatti of the Intelligence and Field Service Unit (IFSU) and Colonel Sanjay Thakur of 9 Para were wanted in connection with the investigations into the ''fake surrender'' of 27 Kashmiri youth at Nagrota in Jammu on November 9 last year.

The ''surrender drama'' had taken place in presence of Director General of Police (DGP) Gopal Sharma and Lt Col Ashok Kumar of Jammu-based 16 Corps.

The letter had been sent from the office of Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir K Rajindra Kumar, the sources said.

When contacted, Mr Kumar told UNI that ''the letter must have gone. I don't recall. There is nothing wrong in it''.

''I have to check up with my office. So many letters are sent from my office daily that it is difficult to recall each correspondence. In any case, the matter is under investigation,'' the IGP added.

The letter further said all these youth were unemployed and had been promised of jobs by some Congress leaders.

However, they were later put up at ''secret and safe place'', apparently at a farm house in New Delhi, for about six months and then produced before the authorities at the time of ''surrender drama'' in November last year.

The Army authorities have been requested to ask the officials to help and present themselves before the state police for investigations, the sources said.

The Charar-e-Sharief police station had registered a case in this regard.

On August 17 last year, the nambardar of Batapora in Badgam district, Ghulam Nabi Ganai, lodged a complaint with the police that 27 youth of his village were taken away some months ago by three local leaders of the Congress -- Bashir Ahmed Golu, Mohammad Maqbool Malla and Nazir Ahmed Bhat -- with the promise of employment.

In his complaint, Ganai had said since then there was no news about the youth.

The police later swung into action and arrested all the three Congress leaders.

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