Shopian Encounter: Army Finds Soldiers Exceeded AFSPA Powers, Initiates Disciplinary Proceedings

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The Army also admitted the persons killed in the operation: Ahmed, Abrar Ahmed and Mohd Ibrar, who hailed from Rajouri. However, it added that whether those killed have had any militant links remains to be probed

Clarion India  

NEW DELHI – The Army said on Friday that the powers vested under Armed Forces Special Powers Act were exceeded by soldiers during “operation” in Amshipora village in Kashmir’s Shopian district on July 18 in which army claimed to have killed three militants. It announced that disciplinary proceedings will be initiated against those found responsible.

The army spokesperson in Kashmir said that the inquiry into the operation brought out certain prima facie evidence revealing that the “powers vested under the AFSPA 1990 were exceeded and the Do’s and Don’ts of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) as approved by the Supreme Court have been contravened”.

The Army also admited the persons killed in the operation: Ahmed, Abrar Ahmed and Mohd Ibrar, who hailed from Rajouri. However, it added that whether those killed have had any militant links remains to be probed.

“Their DNA report is awaited. Their involvement with militancy or related activities is under investigation by the police,” he added.

The statement said the Army is committed to uphold ethical conduct of operations.

Meanwhile, the families of the three slain Kashmiris on Friday visited the Awantipur Army camp to get their statements recorded. Guftar Chaudhray, a community activist who is assisting the families, told Clarion India that they demand DNA reports be made public as soon as possible. “The Army has concluded the enquiry and you saw the result. Now the DNA report should come out,” Chaudhary said.

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