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Jawan admits to fake killing

June 04, 2004 14:09 IST

Another jawan has admitted to having constructed a bunker for staging a fake encounter at the Line of Control in Siachen on August 24, 2003.

Havaldar Neel Bahadur Ale, who looked after anti-tank guided missiles, told a military court in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, which is recording summary evidence in the Siachen fake killings case, that he fired at the fake target, but missed twice.

"While I was shooting at the target, Major Surinder Singh videotaped the operation from behind," Ale said.

Maj Singh has been accused of staging fake killings in Siachen.

Ale, however, said he did not receive direct orders from above.

He said he received direct instruction from Maj Singh only once, when "we were asked to swear by putting hand on Lord Hanuman's picture that we would not reveal to anyone that the operation was fake".

The court is recording the evidence as a follow up of a court of inquiry that held Colonel K D Singh and Maj R Lamba responsible for administrative lapses and recommended disciplinary action against Maj Singh for making exaggerated claims.

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