AGENCIES, Srinagar: Soldiers involved in a controversial encounter in which three terrorists were claimed to have been killed in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian on July 18 have been indicted by the Indian Army. The army said that disciplinary action under the Army Act is being initiated against the accused troops.
The locals and families have alleged that the three young men killed in the staged encounter were three cousins who were working as labourers in Shopian.
A court of inquiry instituted by the army has found that troops had exceeded powers vested under Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA) and acted in contravention to ‘Do’s and Don’ts of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) approved by the Supreme Court’.
“The inquiry ordered by the army authorities into Op Amshipora has been concluded. The inquiry has brought out certain prima facie evidence indicating that during the operation, powers vested under the AFSPA 1990 were exceeded,” a defence spokesperson said. “Consequently, the competent disciplinary authority has directed to initiate disciplinary proceedings under the Army Act against those found prima facie answerable,” he said.
The controversy was triggered after the post-encounter photographs of three young men surfaced on social media. The families identified them as three cousins who went missing on July 17 from a rented accommodation in the Chowgam village in Shopian district. Their families said that 17-year-old Abrar, 25-year-old Imtiyaz and 20-year-old Abrar Ahmad were labourers, who had gone to Shopian to work.