Srinagar: A day after the army stated that three persons killed in Amshipora, Shopian encounter on July 18, were residents of Rajouri district, families of the slain trio Saturday demanded capital punishment to the guilty forces personnel involved in that gunfight.
They also demanded immediate exhumation of their loved ones for proper burial.
“Those involved in killing of our sons should be hanged in public, so that no innocent life is lost in future,” said, Mohd Yusuf, slain Abrar’s father.
“Our sons have been killed in cold-blood. What will DNA samples and any inquiry prove now.” he added.
The distraught father said that it has been 40 days but they were still waiting for the DNA results.
“I am absolutely sure DNA samples of slain trio have matched with ours. There is again unnecessary delay,” he added.
I believe justice has come from Almighty itself as army has confessed that slain trio were from Rajouri and assured disciplinary action against those involved in exceeding the powers under AFSPA, he said.
Without further delay and on the basis of humanity authorities’ should exhume the bodies of trio and hand them over to “family members” for proper burial, he added.
Notably, in a statement, the army on Friday evening said the inquiry “brought out certain prima facie evidence indicating that during the operation powers vested under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) 1990 were exceeded and the Do’s and Don’ts of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) as approved by the Hon’ble Supreme Court have been contravened.”
It also said that the disciplinary authority has directed to initiate disciplinary proceedings under the Army Act against those found prima-facie answerable. The Army also stated that those killed in the operation were from Rajouri.
“The evidence collected by the inquiry has prima-facie indicated that the three unidentified militants killed in Operation Amshipora were Imtiyaz Ahmed, Abrar Ahmed and Mohd Ibrar, who hailed from Rajouri,” the Army had said.
The Army had however, said their “involvement with terrorism or related activities is under investigation by the police”.
“Indian Army is committed to ethical conduct of operations. Further updates on the case will be given periodically without affecting due process of the law of the land,” it said.
On July 18, the army claimed that it had killed three unidentified militants in Amshipora Shopian.
In a statement issued that evening, Jammu & Kashmir Police, in an apparent move to distance itself from Army’s claims, said that the encounter was executed on inputs of 62 Rashtriya Rifles and they joined the operation later.
On August 10, three families from Rajouri claimed that those killed in the gunfight were their innocent children who had gone to Rajouri to earn their livelihood. Following the claims, both police and Army ordered separate enquiries into the matter.
Later, a police team from Shopian went to Rajouri and collected DNA samples of the families of the youth to match them with tissues of those killed on July 18, this year at Amshipora, Shopian.
(With Inputs from KNO)