Amid allegations of fake encounter, army probes death of three men killed in Shopian in July
A high-level Court of Inquiry into Operation Amshipora in Shopian in Kashmir which the army had claimed that three terrorists were killed on July 18 is under progress, the defence PRO said in Srinagar on Tuesday.
“Statements of key witnesses are being recorded and progress is being monitored closely. Additional civil witnesses are being asked to depose before the Court of Inquiry. Concurrently, DNA samples have been collected from Rajouri under the aegis of JKP and sent for matching with the terrorists killed on July 18, 2020,” he said
He said the army is committed to ethical conduct of all counter terrorist operations.
“Cases where doubts are raised are investigated under due process as per the law of the land. Since the case is under investigation, further details will be shared periodically, as appropriate without affecting due legal process.”
Bodies of the three men killed in Shopian were buried in Baramulla after being listed as unidentified.Three families from Rajouri who had reported their sons missing from the night of July 17 have alleged that they had been killed Amshipora village in Shopian in a fake encounter and passed off as terrorists.
Last week, a J&K police team from Shopian led by a deputy superintendent of police had collected DNA samples from the families of the missing men in Rajouri. All three were related to each other and, according to their family members, had gone to Shopian to work in apple orchards. They hired a room in a Shopian village close to a Rashtriya Rifles camp before they went missing, the families have said.
After the purported encounter in an orchard, the bodies couldn’t be identified and the men were described by the army. as militants. Weeks after, when three families from Rajouri filed a missing report, and identified the pictures of the men who were killed, the police began investigating the case.
All mainstream political parties have demanded a high-level probe into the encounter.