Srinagar : Bodies of three labourers from Rajouri, who were killed in an “gunfight” at Amshipora village of Shopian district by government forces on 18 July and labeled as “militants”, are being handed over to the families “after due process of law”, IGP Kashmir Range, Vijay Kumar said on Wednesday.
The top police officer was quoted as saying that the bodies will be exhumed and handed over to families after the due process of law.
On September 18, the force said it had found ‘prima facie’ evidence that its troops ‘exceeded’ powers under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) during the encounter and has initiated disciplinary proceedings.
Meanwhile, after the DNA test results were announced earlier, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah questioned the official version that arms and ammunition were recovered from the Shopian encounter site in July.
‘According to this official version, ‘incriminating materials, including arms and ammunition, were recovered from the site of encounter’. So who planted this ‘incriminating material”” Omar said in a tweet.
‘These young men were buried in North Kashmir. It is imperative that the bodies be exhumed & handed over to the families immediately so that a proper burial can take place near their homes in Rojouri district,’ Omar, who is also the National Conference vice president had said earlier.