Fake Shopian Encounter – Army completes key investigative step against two of its staff members
The military has completed the Evidence Summary against two of its men involved in the fake Shopian encounter in July in which three civilians were killed and a court-martial could take place after completing the formalities, officials familiar with the matter said.
Confirming the fact, Army spokesman Rajesh Kalia said: “The authorities are examining the Summary of Evidence in consultation with legal advisers to move forward. The Indian Army is committed to the ethical conduct of operations. “
The army had ordered a Tribunal of Investigation earlier this year after reports surfaced on social media that three young men, labeled as terrorists, had been shot dead by their staff.
The Investigative Tribunal, which completed its investigation in early September, had found “prima facie” evidence that the troops had “exceeded” powers under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (Afspa) during the meeting on 18 September. July in which three men died. The army then began a disciplinary process.
Officials familiar with the development said that the two members of the army may face court martial proceedings for violating the powers conferred by Afspa and not following the pros and cons of the Army Chief of Staff approved by the Supreme Court.
They also said that the role of the three civilians, as well as the person who had allegedly led the army towards the men, must be thoroughly examined by the police. The three civilians killed in Amshipura were Imtiyaz Ahmed, Abrar Ahmed and Mohammed Ibrar, from the Rajouri district. Subsequently, their identities were confirmed by a DNA test. The bodies were handed over to their families in October.
Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Governor Manoj Sinha met with the families of the three men and assured them that the UT government will ensure that justice is served in the case.
(With PTI inputs)