‘July 18 Shopian ‘encounter’:DNA Results Confirm 3 Rajouri Labourers Killed

‘July 18 Shopian ‘encounter’:DNA Results Confirm 3 Rajouri Labourers Killed



Srinagar, Sept 25: DNA samples of the three youths killed in an “encounter” at Amshipora of Shopian on July 18 matched the samples taken from the three families of missing youth from Rajouri, police said on Friday.

“DNA sample results of the three families of Rajouri have matched those killed in Amshipora of Shopian,” Inspector General of Police Vijay Kumar told reporters here.

“We will now take further course of action and complete the remaining formalities,” he said as per a GNS correspondent.
Asked if any association of the trio was found with militants, the IGP said that “we will conclude the investigation now with swiftness.”

The statement comes a week after army said its high-level Court of Inquiry brought out “certain prima facie evidence indicating that the powers vested under the AFSPA 1990 were exceeded during the operation.”

Also, Defence spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said that inquiry has found that the “Do’s and Don’ts of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) as approved by the Supreme Court have been contravened”.

“Consequently, the competent disciplinary authority has directed to initiate disciplinary proceedings under the Army Act against those found prima-facie answerable,” he had said.

“The evidence collected by the inquiry has prima-facie indicated that the three unidentified (militants) killed in Op Amshipora were Imtiyaz Ahmed, Abrar Ahmed and Mohd Ibrar, who hailed from Rajouri,” he had said, “Their DNA report is awaited. Their involvement with (militants) or related activities is under investigation by the police.”

On July 18, police in a statement had said that three militants were killed in gunfight with joint team of police, army and CRPF in Shopian district on an input by army.

“On a specific input by 62RR about presence of (militants) in village Amshipora area, an operation was launched by them in the area,” a police spokesperson had said.

During search, he had said, the militants fired upon Army and encounter started. “Later on police and CRPF also joined. During encounter three unidentified militants were killed,” he had said in the statement, adding, “Bodies of all the killed three (militants) were retrieved from the site of encounter.” However, he said, the identification and group affiliation of the slain was being ascertained.

“Incriminating materials including arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter,” he said. (GNS)


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