July 18 Shopian encounter: Army completes summary of evidence

at 11:44 pm
July 18 Shopian encounter: Army completes summary of evidence
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Neyaz Elahi

Srinagar (NVI): The Army today said that the process of recording the ‘summary of evidence’ has been completed in the July 18 encounter in the Ashimpora area of Shopian in Kashmir in which three youths were killed.

In a statement, the Army said that the process of recording the ‘summary of evidence’ has been completed and the same is being examined by the concerned authorities in consultation with legal advisors for proceeding further.

“Indian Army is committed to ethical conduct of operations. Further details will be shared in a manner so as not to prejudice the proceedings under Army Law,” read the statement.

On July 18 this year, the three youths were killed during an encounter in an orchard at Amshipora in Shopian. Their families in Rajouri later claimed that the three had no terror connections and had gone to Shopian to work as labourers.

Following these claims, the Army and Jammu and Kashmir Police ordered separate inquiries into the matter.

A team from Shopian police went to Rajouri and collected DNA samples of family members of the three on August 13 to match them with samples of those killed in the alleged Amshipora encounter. The DNA samples later matched.

Earlier, the army had said that the inquiry has prima facie indicted that the three unidentified persons killed in Op Amshipora were Imtiyaz Ahmed, Abrar Ahmed and Mohd Ibrar, who hailed from Rajouri.

-ARK