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    J&K: Army to take action after probe confirms 3 killed in encounter were missing labourers

    Written by Naveed Iqbal
    , Arun Sharma
    | Jammu, Srinagar |

    Updated: September 18, 2020 8:43:37 pm

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    On July 18, the had claimed that three militants had been killed in an operation at Amshipora in Shopian. (Express by Shauiab Masoodi/File)

    Admitting that the three youths who were killed in an encounter at Shopian on July 18 were missing labourers from Rajouri, as claimed by their families last month, the Army Friday said its probe had “prima facie” found that its troops exceeded powers under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act () — and directed disciplinary proceedings against those “answerable”.

    The Army had ordered a Court of Inquiry into the encounter last month after the three families came forward to say the youths were cousins — one of them was reportedly 16 years old — who had gone to Kashmir for work and not been in touch since July 17 night.

    On Friday, Army spokesperson Col Rajesh Kalia said in a statement that the…

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