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Encounter with Shopian: Police Charge Sheet Says Army Captain, 2 Others Tried to Destroy Evidence | India News

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SHOPIAN: The army captain involved in the fake encounter in the Shopian district of Kashmir last July and two other accused civilians did not provide any information on the source of the weapons placed on the three murdered youths and also tried to destroy the evidence , a police charge said the sheet.
Captain Bhoopendra Singh had also provided misinformation to his superiors and the police about the recovery carried out during the organized encounter, said the charge sheet presented by the Jammu and Kashmir Police Special Investigation Team (SIT) to the judicial magistrate. main here.
The case relates to the July 18, 2020 encounter at Shopian’s Amshipura in which three young men were killed and labeled as terrorists. Subsequently, the Army ordered an Investigative Court after reports appeared on social media that the three young men were innocent.
“No clues were provided as to the source of the illegal weapons as illegally disposed of by the defendants” to plant on the bodies, according to the charge sheet.
“In organizing the meeting,” the three defendants “have deliberately destroyed evidence or actual crimes that they have committed and have also (been) deliberately projecting false information as part of a criminal conspiracy hatched between them in order to win a prize in cash of Rs 20 lakh, “it read.
The Army, however, had denied that its captain organized the meeting for Rs 20 lakh, saying that there was no cash reward system for his personnel for any act in combat situations or otherwise in the line of duty.
“The evidence was destroyed by the accused Captain Singh,” the charge sheet read.
Singh, who has been arrested, along with the other two defendants, Tabish Nazir and Bilal Ahmed Lone, set fire to a shelter at the scene of the meeting, according to the charge sheet.
The accused captain contacted Fayaz Ahmed, a special police officer (SPO) attached to the Special Operations Group, through two mobile numbers registered in the name of civilians.
Ahmed, who is a witness in this case, was approached by Singh to fix the weapons. Ahmed, a resident of Poonch in the Jammu region, delivered his statement under Section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) before a magistrate.
The SIT charge sheet provided details of the forensic analysis of the crime scene that was photographed “from every possible perspective.” The FSL (Scientific and Forensic Laboratory) team recovered vital evidence that was seized.
According to responses submitted by 62 Rashtriya Rifles to the SIT regarding the details of the ammunition fired during the incident along with a copy of the SITREP (Situation Report), the “accused captain had claimed to have (sic) fired a total of 37 rounds of his service rifle “.
The Army, in its FIR registered with the Heerpora Police Station, had stated that, based on “its own opinion about the concealment of unknown terrorists in the village of Amshipora”, the meeting began on July 17, 2020 during the which three unconditional unidentified terrorists were neutralized.
Two pistols with two magazines and four empty pistol cartridges, 15 active cartridges and 15 empty cartridges of AK-series weapons and other objectionable items were recovered from the meeting place.
However, during the ballistic and forensic examination of the crime scene, four empty cartridges were recovered, two of which were 7.65mm and two were 9mm (used by the Army).
“The 15 seized 7.62 x 39mm rifle cartridge cases (used in AK rifles) were found to have been fired with more than four firearms.
“Of the circumstances at the crime scene that are contrary to the conclusions of the ballistic expert opinion, the version of the accused captain Bhoopendra Singh … regarding the information provided by him in FIR is not supported.”
There was no seizure of AK rifles from the organized encounter.
The Army, which also completed its Trial and Evidence Summary Court, found “prima facie” evidence that the troops had “exceeded” the powers under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) during the encounter at the that the three young men died. .
Subsequently, the Army began a disciplinary process.
The three young men killed in Amshipura were Imtiyaz Ahmed, Abrar Ahmed and Mohammed Ibrar, all from Rajouri district. Their identity was later confirmed by DNA testing and the bodies were handed over to their families in Baramulla in October last year.
The charge sheet stated that the Army captain had taken a private car on the day of the meeting.
Aijaz Ahmed Lone, the owner of the vehicle, testified under oath before a magistrate that Army personnel had approached him at his residence on July 17 of last year and had taken his car.
Later, on the day of the meeting, the Army informed him that his vehicle was parked in Amshipura Nar “in poor condition”.
The General Officer commanding Lieutenant General BS Raju of the XV Corps had previously said that the Evidence Summary had been completed and that the Army would take the next course of action according to the law.
Officials with knowledge of the development said Singh could face court martial proceedings for violating the powers conferred by AFSPA and failing to follow the pros and cons of the Army Chief of Staff approved by the Supreme Court.
The charge sheet submitted by the SIT has listed 75 witnesses in support of its findings and has also provided technical evidence including call data logs from the defendants.

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