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Fake Shopian Encounter: Army Captain Among 3 Named On Job Sheet

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Days after the military completed the summary of evidence in an alleged fake encounter in Shopian on July 18 that left three civilians dead, Jammu and Kashmir police filed a charge sheet in court against three people, including a captain. from army.

The 1,400-page charge sheet was filed in the court of Chief Judge, Shopian, on Saturday for the killings of Rajouri residents Imtiyaz Ahmed, Abrar Ahmed and Mohammed Abrar.

“We have filed the charge sheet in the Shopian case,” Shopian Police Superintendent Amritpal Singh said.

The three defendants have been identified as Army Captain Bhoopendra Singh, aka Major Basheer Khan of 62 Rashtriya rifles, Tabish Nazir, a resident of Chowgam, and Bilal Ahmed Lone, a resident of Arabal Nikas, Pulwama. Police said Bilal Ahmed Lone had approved the case.

A police statement said an investigation had revealed that Captain Bhoopendra Singh, Tabish Nazir and Bilal Ahmed Lone had hatched a plot to kidnap the three men and organize a fake encounter.

“They deliberately and deliberately chose not to follow special operating procedures (SOPs), placed illegally acquired weapons and material on their corpses after stripping them of their identities and labeling them as hardcore terrorists in possession of war tents and deliberately providing information to colleagues / seniors ”The statement said.

The charge sheet was filed after the military said Thursday that it had completed its summary of evidence against its men.

“The summary of the evidence is being examined by the authorities in consultation with legal advisors to move forward. The Indian Army is committed to the ethical conduct of operations, ”said Army spokesman Colonal Rajesh Kalia.

All three Rajouri residents were killed in an encounter on July 18 in Shopian. While the army initially called all three “terrorists,” it later admitted that the powers conferred by the Armed Forces Special Powers Act of 1990 had been exceeded by its men, who also violated the pros and cons of the chief of State. Army personnel and approved by the Supreme Court.

Three Rajouri families had identified the murdered men from their photographs on social media and claimed that the army had killed them in a fake encounter at Shopian, where they had gone to work.

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