olice on Saturday produced challan against three persons including an army captain for their involvement in fake encounter in Amshipora area of south Kashmir’s Shopian district on July 18.
A challan which comprises 300 pages against three persons, identified as Capitan Bupinder of 62 RR, Tabish Ahmad, a resident of Shopian and Bilal Ahmad, a resident of Pulwama, was produced before Principal and Sessions Judge Shopian today.
Earlier, on Thursday, Army had said that it has completed the Summary of Evidence against two of its men involved in July”s Amshipura gunfight in Shopian district of southern Kashmir in which three civilians were killed and a possible court martial could take place after completion of formalities.
The army had ordered a Court of Inquiry earlier this year after reports appeared on social media that three youths, labelled as terrorists, had been gunned down by its personnel.
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The Court of Inquiry, which completed its probe earlier in September, had found “prima facie” evidence that troops had “exceeded” powers under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) during the 18 July gunfight in which three men were killed. Following this, the army had initiated disciplinary proceedings.
Officials in know of the development said the two army personnel may face court martial proceedings for violating the powers vested under the AFSPA, 1990 and not following the Do”s and Don”ts of Chief of Army Staff as approved by the Supreme Court.
Pertinently, it’s worth to mention here that, On July 18, the security forces had said that they received specific inputs about the presence of militants in South Kashmir’s Shopian district, after which they began the operation. They claimed that the suspected militants had allegedly opened fire at the security forces. However, family members of the civilians had come forward to clarify that they were labourers and not militants. The families of the deceased – Abrar Ahmed, Imtiyaz Ahmed and Mohammed Ibrar – had sought immediate arrest and conviction of those responsible for the incident.
A formal inquiry into the deaths of the three men began in August. The Court of Inquiry, which completed its investigation in September, found prima facie evidence that its personnel misused powers under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1990, in the episode. Disciplinary proceedings under the Army Act were initiated against the accused personnel.
The identities of the three men were subsequently confirmed through a DNA or deoxyribonucleic acid test. The bodies were handed over to their families in Baramulla in October.