Shopian encounter: DNA samples of 3 men killed in match with families from Rajouri

SRINAGAR: The DNA samples of three men who were killed in an alleged fake encounter with the Army in J&K’s Shopian district in July have matched with their families from Rajouri, a senior police officer said on Friday. When questioned about whether the three men were indeed labourers, as claimed by their families, and not involved in terrorist activities, he said it is a matter of further investigation.
Army had claimed three terrorists were killed in Amshipura village in the higher reaches of south Kashmir’s Shopian on July 18th. An inquiry was initiated after social media reports indicated that the three men involved in the encounter were from Rajouri and had gone missing in Amshipura. The families of these men claimed they worked as labourers in Shopian and lodged a police complaint. The police initiated an investigation and gathered the DNA samples of the three families from Rajouri to match with the slain men.
“The DNA report has come and matching has taken place. There is positive matching with the families from Rajouri.” Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir, Vijay Kumar told reporters here.  On whether it had been established that the three men were labourers and not involved in any terrorist activities, Kumar said, “The police are now taking up further investigations in the case.” The Army completed its inquiry into the matter in a record four weeks. On September 18, the force said it had found “prima facie” evidence that its troops “exceeded” powers under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) during the encounter and has initiated disciplinary proceedings.