Major held in US for killing J&K activist

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    Major held in US for killing J&K activist

    M Saleem Pandit, TNN, Mar 1, 2011; Times of India

    JAMMU: A former Army major accused of the extrajudicial killing of a Kashmiri human rights activist has been arrested in the United States and would be handed over to Jammu and Kashmir cops within a fortnight, police said on Monday.

    Jalil Andrabi's trussed-up body was recovered from the banks of the Jhelum in Srinagar on March 27, 1996, 19 days after he was detained. Andrabi (42) was shot in the head and his eyes were gouged out. He had died at least a week before his body was found.

    A Special Investigation Team (SIT) that probed the case indicted 35 Rashtriya Rifles' Major Avtar Singh and soldiers under his command for Andrabi's abduction and killing in April 1997. The team found that he could have been involved in six more extra-judicial killings. IG (crime) Raja Ajaz Ali said Maj Singh was arrested in California on wife-beating charges and that an Interpol red-corner notice pending against him in Andrabi's case was found during investigations.

    "The accused is in California police's preventive custody. He would shifted to Srinagar in 15 days," said Ali, who is also Interpol liaison officer in Jammu & Kashmir. He said the Interpol and California police have asked them to issue fresh warrants against Maj Singh. "We have got the fresh warrant from a Srinagar court, where the case is being heard." He said they have informed the Union home ministry about the Interpol's alert and got the go ahead for the extradition process.

    Srinagar's Chief Judicial Magistrate Mohammed Ibrahim Wani had directed the Union home ministry to issue the Interpol red corner notice against Maj Singh in February last year.

    Read more: Major held in US for killing J&K activist - The Times of India

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