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Shopian encounter: DNA samples of parents matched with three slain persons, disciplinary proceedings underway

The police collected six DNA samples from the parents of three deceased men in Amshipora, Shopian on July 18.

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In a recent development in the Shopian encounter case on July 18, the DNA samples of the parents matched with the three slain persons killed in the encounter. The army has already initiated disciplinary proceedings under the Army Act.   

In a joint press conference of J&K police, Indian Army, and CRPF at police control room Srinagar, IGP Kashmir range Vijay Kumar responding to a question related to the encounter said that the results of DNA samples of parents of three men from Rajouri district have matched with those killed in Amshipora, Shopian on July 18 this year in an encounter.

Vijay Kumar said, “Samples are matching that of the Rajouri families, the army has already initiated action, police are doing investigation and will carry it forward,”

Soon after the encounter on July 18, the pictures of the slain men went viral on social media after three families of Rajouri identified them and filed a complaint at the police station.

There were three men each from one family who are missing since July 17 who were working as labourers in the orchards of Shopian area. After the claims made by the family, J&K police and the Indian army started the investigation.

The police collected six DNA samples from the parents of three deceased men in Amshipora, Shopian on July 18.

 A team of J&K police from Kashmir was sent to Rajouri to collect the DNA samples of families who had made claims. Now the samples have matched and police say they will take further action and fast track the investigation.
 
Earlier, the army released a statement on Sept 18, 2020, which stated, “The inquiry ordered by the army authorities into Amshipora has been concluded. The inquiry has brought out certain prima facie evidence indicating that during the operation, powers vested under the AFSPA 1990 were exceeded and the Do’s and Don’ts of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) as approved by the Hon’ble Supreme Court have been contravened. Consequently, the competent disciplinary authority has directed to initiate disciplinary proceedings under the Army Act against those found prima-facie answerable."
 
It further stated, “The evidence collected by the inquiry has prima-facie indicated that the three unidentified terrorists killed in Op Amshipora were Imtiyaz Ahmed, Abrar Ahmed and Mohd Ibrar, who hailed from Rajouri. Their DNA report is awaited. Their involvement with terrorism or related activities is under investigation by the police.”
 
Further updates on the case will be given periodically without affecting due process of the law of the land, the statement issed by the army concluded. 

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