Army To Probe Last Month's Encounter In J&K  Amid Controversy

On July 18, the military mentioned three terrorists have been killed within the larger reaches of Shopian. (File)

Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir:

The military has initiated an inquiry into an “encounter” carried out by its troops in a South Kashmir village, through which three alleged terrorists have been killed, after households in Jammu area’s Rajouri filed written complaints saying as a lot of their members concerned in labour work have been lacking from the identical space.

On July 18, the military mentioned three terrorists have been killed within the larger reaches of Shopian in South Kashmir. Nevertheless, no additional particulars have been shared.

On Monday, Srinagar-based Defence spokesperson Colonel Rajesh Kalia issued a quick assertion saying the military has famous social media inputs linked to the operations at Shopian on July 18.

“The three terrorists killed throughout the operation haven’t been recognized and the our bodies have been buried based mostly on established protocols. The military is investigating the matter,” Colonel Rajesh Kalia mentioned.

This has sparked an issue with political events demanding an neutral probe into the alleged encounter to make sure speedy justice.

The controversy began after some households filed a grievance with a police station in Rajouri stating that their three members are lacking since July 17 from Ashimpora space of Shopian the place they have been working as labourers in apple and walnut orchards.

The households, who filed the police grievance collectively, gave photos of their members of the family  — Mohammed Ibrar (21), Ibrar Ahmad (18) and Imtiaz Ahmad (26) — which have been subsequently shared with the Kashmir police for investigation.

The kinfolk, belonging to Dhar Sakri village in Kotranka of Rajouri space in Poonch, filed the lacking report with the native police after they didn’t contact the thee males and information of an encounter got here on July 18 from Ashimpora in Shopian, a police official mentioned.

The official mentioned a few of their kinfolk have reached Shopian within the search of the three youths and have been advised that the lacking males resembled those that have been killed by the military in a “gunfight” in a village within the district on July 18.

The Nationwide Convention demanded a clear probe into the incident and suggested the administration to make sure that no-extrajudicial killings passed off in Jammu and Kashmir.

The get together sought to remind the authorities of the Machil pretend encounter which resulted in an unrest throughout the Kashmir valley and requested for a “thorough probe and to make sure that the responsible usually are not spared”. Three unemployed youths have been killed by the military in 2010 in North Kashmir and dubbed as militants. A probe later indicted military males for staging the pretend encounter and a chargesheet was filed in courtroom.

Jammu and Kashmir Apni Occasion (JKAP) president Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari sought an neutral and time sure probe to unearth the thriller behind the disappearance of the three poor labourers of Rajouri district.

In an announcement, Mr Bukhari urged the brand new Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha to order a high-level probe into the disappearance of the three labourers whose whereabouts have been unknown since July 17.

“The Lt. Governor led authorities in JK is predicted to order and pursue a severe, neutral and clear investigation that leaves no stone unturned find out what occurred to those three poor labourers who’ve misplaced contact with their households since July 17. The reality behind their disappearance should be unearthed as rapidly as doable,” he remarked.

The JKAP president mentioned the federal government ought to assign the probe to a sitting decide who can lead the investigation whereas taking all of the components into consideration.

Mr Bukhari expressed solidarity with the households of the three lacking labourers and guaranteed them of all doable assist in tracing the whereabouts of their family members.

Reacting to the incident, JK unit of CPI(M) mentioned it’s a severe difficulty and desires a time-bound judicial probe.

“In line with media experiences the trio went lacking only a day earlier than the safety forces claimed it killed three unidentified militants in Shopian. There are unverified experiences that the lacking labourers have been killed in a pretend encounter in Shopian on July 18. That is stunning and should be probed by a sitting Excessive Courtroom decide in a time-bound method,” the get together mentioned in an announcement.

Iltija, utilizing her mom and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti’s twitter deal with, expressed shock on the experiences of three lacking labourers reportedly killed in a staged encounter at Shopian.

“Armed forces have a free hand to function with impunity. Explains why our bodies are allowed to decompose at unknown areas. Probes into current encounters should be ordered,” she mentioned in a tweet.
 

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