Srinagar: The bodies of three labourers from Rajouri district were exhumed at Gantmulla, Baramulla more than 70 days after they were killed in a ‘stage-managed’ gunfight in Amshipora village of southern Shopian district.
The bodies were handed over to their families, an official said.
Notably, three families from Rajouri had claimed that three young boys were killed in fake encounter in Amshipora. The authorities had ordered a probe to verify their claim.
On September 18, the Army had stated that the Shopian operation contravened the dos and don’ts of the Chief of Army Staff approved by the Supreme Court.
“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 as approved by the 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,” the army had said in a statement l.
After army’s statement, the families of slain youth had demanded immediate exhumation of the bodies of their loved ones for proper burial at Rajouri.
The three families from Rajouri had identified their sons through pictures which went viral on social media. The army had ordered a court of inquiry while police and the administration had been probing the case separately.