Powers Under AFSPA Exceeded In Shopian Encounter: Army

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SRINAGAR: Army on Friday issued following statement regarding Amshipora encounter saying that the inquiry ordered by the Army authorities into Amshipora encounter has been concluded.

Srinagar based army spokesman in a statement said that 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 (COAS) as approved by the Supreme Court have been contravened.

The Amshipora ‘Encounter’

“Consequently, the competent disciplinary authority has directed to initiate disciplinary proceedings under the Army Act against those found prima-facie answerable,” said the spokesman.

He said that the evidence collected by the inquiry has prima-facie indicated that the three persons killed in Op Amshipora were Imtiyaz Ahmed, Abrar Ahmed and Mohd Ibrar, who hailed from Rajouri.

“Their DNA report is awaited. Their involvement with miliatncy or related activities is under investigation by the police,” he added.

“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,” said army spokesman in a statement.

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