May 11, 2021

Army indicts troops over ‘fake encounter’ allegations

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Jammu, Sep. 19: The Indian Army is going to indict some of its soldiers who were involved in a controversial encounter of three persons in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian on July 18. The involved soldiers claimed the diseased to be terrorists. But the local residents and the families alleged that the three young men were cousins and were working as labourers in Shopian. They went missing on July 17 from a rented place in the Chowgam village in Shopian district. The familes of the deceased described the incident as “fake encounter”.

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The army said that disciplinary action is being initiated against the troops after receiving the allegations from the families of the victims. The inquiry has brought out certain prima facie evidence indicating that during the operation, powers vested under the AFSPA 1990 were exceeded and they have been contravened,” said a defence spokesperson.