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Political parties welcome enquiry report of Army in Shopian encounter

Srinagar, September 18: Political parties across the division has welcomed the outcome of the army enquiry conducted in Shopian encounter in which army had claimed three militants were killed; who later turned out civilians from Rajouri.

Army on Friday said that a high-level Court of Inquiry set up by it into the July 18 encounter at Amshipora Shopian has concluded, bringing out “certain prima facie evidence indicating that during the operation, powers vested under the AFSPA 1990 were exceeded.Army also said “Do’s and Don’ts of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) as approved by the Supreme Court have been contravened”.

Soon after the Army issued a statement regarding the outcome of the enquiry in Shopian encounter, former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah took to Twitter and wrote, ” The families of the three murdered men had continued to proclaim their innocence. Disciplinary action initiated by the army would suggest the army agrees with the families. The process must remain transparent & the guilty must face the full weight of the law.”

Senior Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party leader Ghulam Hassan Mir demanded punishment to the guilty and compensation for the families.
Mir said, ” army enquiry proved it was a fake encounter. Action should be taken against all those who were involved in it. These young boys won’t come back but atleast Government other than punishing guilty should pay compensation to their families.”

PDP leader and Youth President Waheed Ur Rehman Parra said Government should also punish those involved in killing of Batmaloo woman and custodial killing in Sopore.

“We welcome any move towards the justice but question is guilty should bepunished. But an ecosystem of fear, fake encounters, custodial killings, attrocities has been created where some people think they can do these acts and get away with it. The Government should also provide justice in custodial killing of Sopore youth, cross firing killing of a woman in Batmaloo. Will Government justify killing of a woman in crossfire, custodial killing of a Sopore youth.”

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