J&K L-G says ‘justice will be served’ on probe into Shopian encounter


The Jammu and Kashmir Police is investigating an allegation that three youths were allegedly killed in a fake encounter by the Army on July 18.

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After the family members of the three youths allegedly killed in a fake encounter by security forces in Shopian on July 18 appealed for a fair probe in the case, the Lieutenant-Governor of Jammu and Kashmir has assured them justice.

“Separate investigations are going on in the Army and the administration regarding the case. I assure you that no injustice will be done”, said L-G Manoj Sinha.

This comes after the three families from Rajouri wrote a letter to the L-G seeking his personal intervention in the matter and demanded an impartial and fair probe into the killings, and also the results of the DNA report to establish the truth.

The encounter had taken place on July 18, and the J&K Police had said in a press release that the encounter was executed on inputs from the local Army unit and the Jammu and Kashmir Police, and the CRPF had joined later.

“On a specific input by 62RR about [the] presence of terrorists in village Amshipora area of district Shopian, an operation was launched by them in the said area. During search, terrorists fired at Army personnel and the encounter started. Later on, the police and the CRPF also joined. During the encounter, three unidentified terrorists were killed. Dead bodies of all the killed terrorists were retrieved from the site of encounter. The identification and affiliation of the killed terrorists are being ascertained,” a police spokesman had said.

This is the first case where such allegations are being levelled on the operation of security forces since the abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019.



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