‘Shopian Encounter:’ Police Launches Investigation

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SRINAGAR: Day after reports on social media that three labourers from Rajouri have been killed in an alleged fake encounter in South Kashmir’s Shopian district last month, Police on Tuesday issued the following statement saying that district Police Rajouri have been approached by some families yesterday claiming that their kins had gone to Shopian for labour work and contacted on phone on 17th July.

A police spokesman in a statement said that as per families when they didn’t contacted them after 17th July they lodged a missing report at PP Peeru on August 10, 2020.

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“Meanwhile Social media reported that the militants killed in an operation at Shopian on July 18,2020 are reportedly their kins,” said the spokesman.

He said that apropos to our earlier press note regarding the said operation, Police had provided sufficient time for identification of dead bodies at PCR Kashmir Srinagar. However, the dead bodies could not be identified and they were buried in presence of magistrate after conducting post-mortem and lifting DNA samples.

“Taking cognisance of the claim by the families and media reports, Shopian Police will examine the claimants and carry out DNA sampling for matching purpose. Besides identification, Police will also investigate all other aspects as per the law in due course of time,” said the spokesman.

Meanwhile, Army has also taken notice of the family and social media claims regarding the said operation and initiated investigations.

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