Srinagar : Officials on Friday were quoted as saying that the Army had found prima facie evidence that troops had violated powers under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act [AFSPA] in the allegedly ‘fake’ Shopian encounter.
According to the Indian Army, the inquiry has brought out certain prima facie evidence indicating that during the operation, powers vested under AFSPA, 1990 were exceeded and the “Do’s and Don’ts of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) as approved by the Supreme Court of India have been contravened”.
“Indian Army is committed to the ethical conduct of operations. Further updates on the case will be given periodically without affecting the due process of the law of the land,” the Army said in a statement on Friday.
A court of inquiry has found Army officials guilty, subsequently recommending action under relevant sections of the Army Act against those found prima-facie answerable.
Pertinently, it’s worth to mention here that, three Rajouri residents, Imtiyaz Ahmed, Abrar Ahmed and Mohd Ibrar were killed in a slleged fake encounter in Amshipora village of south Kashmir’s Shopian in July of this year.