Shopian “fake” encounter: indictment filed against army officer, 2 others
Police in Jammu and Kashmir have filed an indictment against three people, including an army officer, in the alleged murder of Shopian against three civilians in July this year, officials said on Sunday.
The indictment was filed in the Senior District and Shopian Sessions Court on Saturday by the head of the special investigation team, officials said.
Captain Bhupinder of the 62 Rashtriya Rifles of the Army, Bilal Ahmad and Tabish Ahmad were named as accused in the indictment for their role in the alleged killings of young people from Rajouri district, they said.
The military said on Friday it had completed the summary of evidence against two of its men involved in the Amshipura meeting in July in Shopian district.
A possible court martial could take place after the formalities have been completed, army officials said.
The military ordered a court of inquiry earlier this year after reports surfaced on social media that three young people, labeled as terrorists, had been shot dead by its staff.
The Court of Inquiry, which completed its investigation earlier in September, found “prima facie” evidence that troops “exceeded” powers under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) during the July 18 meeting in which three men were killed. Following this, the army initiated disciplinary proceedings.
Officials familiar with developments said the two servicemen could face court martial proceedings for violating AFSPA powers, 1990, and failing to keep track of things to do and not to make the Chief of Staff of the Army approved by the Supreme Court.
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