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Explained: Amshipora fake encounter; court-martial proceedings

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The army launched a general court-martial against Captain Bhupinder Singh of 62 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) who carried out a fake encounter in Amshipora village in Shopian, South Kashmir, and claimed that three militants were killed in the exchange of shots. In fact, soldiers shot dead three Rajouri workers in Jammu.

Court-martial proceedings have been launched against Captain Bhupinder of the Army’s 62nd Rashtriya Rifles (RR) for breaching the powers granted under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) at the Amshipora staged meet.

“The Army launched general court-martial proceedings against a Captain in Op Amshipura, Shopian in South Kashmir in July 2020 after the Court of Inquiry and Summary of Evidence indicated the need for disciplinary proceedings,” PRO Defense said. it’s a statement.

He said that the Indian Army is committed to the ethical conduct of operations. “Further updates on the case will be shared in a manner that does not prejudice due process of law,” the statement said.

What happened

On the morning of July 18, 2020, the Army said soldiers from the 62 RR had killed three unidentified militants in a pre-dawn shootout in the Shopian village of Amshipora. Two pistols were claimed to have been recovered from the “possession” of the murdered men.

On July 18, 2020, three anonymous terrorists were killed in an encounter with security forces in Amshipora, in the Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir.

Initial reports indicated that the alleged terrorist affiliations of the three individuals had not yet been identified. The Kashmir Police posted on Twitter that “So far 03 unidentified terrorists killed.

A probe by the Army in July 18 Shopian “encounter” has revealed that those killed were from Rajouri and its troops involved in the operation exceeded powers vested with them under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA-1990).

On August 18, 2020, an Army spokesman stated that a “high-level Investigation Court” had been set up to investigate the incident and that statements from civilian witnesses were being taken.

In September 2020, the Investigative Court reviewed the DNA evidence and confirmed that the three murdered men were Rajouri workers, and allowed the exhumed bodies to be returned to their families for burial.

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On October 15, 2020, Major General Bali of the Indian Army told the press that the court of inquiry had found definite violations by the army officers involved in the killings, stating, “We are clear that our code of conduct has been mocked.”

On 25 December 2020, the Indian Express reported that the Army Court of Inquiry had found that an unnamed Rashtriya Rifles officer had exceeded his authority under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act and had failed to follow through. the guidelines set by the Supreme Court of India. in the exercise of these powers, during the Amshipora murders

Family’s statement

Gravedigger Abdul Majid said that the bodies of three Rajouri youth were fresh and odourless. “They had not decomposed, which is a rare sight. I draped them in a fresh shroud for their burial at Rajouri,” said Majid as per KNO.

The families of the slain trio however, said they will continue to demand an exemplary punishment to the army men involved in the fake encounter. “Our struggle for justice will continue till guilty are punished,” said Muhamamd Yousuf, father of Abrar Ahmed, one of the slain youth.

On 18 July, three youths namely Abrar Ahmad, Imtiyaz Ahmad and Ibrar were killed in a fake encounter at Amshipora, Shopian. After loosing contact with their children, Rajouri families filed missing report in the concerned police station in the first week of August after which they came to know about the killing of their loved ones. (Amshipora fake encounter)

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