Army To Probe J&K Shopian Encounter After Families Allege 3 Men Missing

On July 18, the army said three terrorists were killed in the higher reaches of Shopian. (File)

Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir:

The army is inquiring into an encounter by its troops in a South Kashmir village following complaints by families who have reported some men missing. Three terrorists were killed in the encounter, the army says. 

Families in Jammu region’s Rajouri have filed written complaints saying three men involved in labour work were missing from the same area.

On July 18, the army said three terrorists were killed in the higher reaches of Shopian in South Kashmir. However, no further details were shared.

On Monday, Srinagar-based Defence spokesperson Colonel Rajesh Kalia issued a brief statement saying the army has noted social media inputs linked to the operations at Shopian on July 18.

“The three terrorists killed during the operation have not been identified and the bodies were buried based on established protocols. The army is investigating the matter,” Colonel Rajesh Kalia said.

This has sparked a controversy with political parties demanding an impartial probe into the alleged encounter to ensure speedy justice.

The controversy started after some families filed a complaint with a police station in Rajouri stating that their three members are missing since July 17 from Ashimpora area of Shopian where they were working as labourers in apple and walnut orchards.

The families, who filed the police complaint jointly, gave pictures of their family members…

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