Update: The Hindu editorial today points out at the silver lining behind the dark deeds at Kashmir:
When southern Srinagar Superintendent of Police Uttam Chand first received the missing-person complaint that led to the unravelling of the Ganderbal murders, he ensured that the case was properly investigated. His superiors, Deputy Inspector-General of Police Farooq Ahmad and Inspector-General of Police S. M. Sahai, backed the investigation even after it became clear that the findings could be explosive. Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad must be commended for throwing his weight behind the truth, no small act of courage given the fraught political climate and strategic context of his State.
It indeed is a thing we should be very proud of — the crimes were investigated by our police, and were reported by our newspapers — And, as long as we have the moral courage to face such ugly situations, and take remedial actions, all will be well with the Indian state.
At least three separate Indian Army units in Jammu and Kashmir participated in a series of cold-blooded murders of innocent civilians organised by a group of rogue police officers in Ganderbal, near Srinagar.
Documents obtained by The Hindu establish that officers of the 5 Rashtriya Rifles, the 13 Rashtriya Rifles, and the 24 Rashtriya Rifles staged encounters and filed false First Information Reports — to make it appear that the civilian victims were terrorists who had been killed in legitimate counter-insurgency operations.
As I mentioned in one of my earlier posts, the fact that we are forced to deploy army to quell insurgency, by itself is deplorable. However, if we have to continue the deployment, the army needs to be trained specifically for such operations, and should be made more sensitive to the ideas of democracy, rule of law, and human rights.