An Army officer of the rank of Major has been found culpable in the killing of three Rajouri labourers, who security forces initially claimed were terrorists, in Shopian district of J&K in July this year, The Indian Express has learnt.
The three, one of them a 16-year-old, had gone to the Valley from their hometown Rajouri, looking for work. They were killed in Amshipora, a village in Shopian district, in the early hours of July 18.
In September, a Court of Inquiry found prima facie evidence that “powers vested under the AFSPA 1990 were exceeded” and the “dos and don’ts of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) as approved by the Hon’ble Supreme Court have been contravened”.
The Summary of Evidence that followed was completed last week, and it found that the Major should be tried under various sections.
The recommendations of the Summary of Evidence have been forwarded to Lt Gen Y K Joshi, GOC-in-C, Northern Command, sources told The Indian Express. The next step in the process is a court martial.
A Defence spokesperson said Thursday: “The process of recording the ‘summary of evidence’ has been completed. The same is being examined by the concerned authorities in consultation with legal advisors for proceeding further.
Indian Army is committed to ethical conduct of operations. Further details will be shared in a manner so as not to prejudice the proceedings under Army law.”