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Indian military official killed 3 Kashmiris in encounter staged for Rs2 lakh prize cash

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  • Indian military captain staged encounter for reward cash
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An Indian military captain killed three Kashmiri civilians, together with a minor, in a pretend encounter staged to seize reward cash of INR200,000, Indian media reported. 

The pretend encounter occurred in July 2020 within the Shopia district of the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJ&Ok). In accordance with the police cost sheet, the Indian military captain fired at three Kashmiri youth even earlier than his males may lay a cordon of the world. 

4 out of the 75 witnesses mentioned the Indian military official “initiated a few bursts of live ammunition even before a cordon was laid” and others joined him very late in participating the suspected militants.

The victims, Abrar Ahmed (25), Imtiyaz Ahmed (20), and Mohammed Ibrar (16), have been all labourers from Rajouri. 

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Two civilians — Tabish Ahmad, a resident of Shopian, and Bilal Ahmad, a resident of Pulwama — who acted as sources for the Military in offering the tip-off, have been additionally a part of the operation and offered a canopy to the Captain, the cost sheet mentioned.

“They (Captain and two civilians) purposefully destroyed evidence of a real crime that they have committed and also have been purposefully projecting false information as part of a criminal conspiracy hatched between them with a motive to grab prize money of INR200,000.”

The charge sheet said a senior officer was fed false information to lodge a police complaint of the incident. 

The Captain, who was heading the operation in Amshipora village in Shopian, later showed two pistols with two magazines, four empty pistol cartridges, 15 live cartridges, and 15 empty cartridges of AK series weapon and other objectionable items as recoveries from the encounter site, the charge sheet said. 

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Later in the police probe, the Special Investigation Team “recreated all the scenes of crime” and “the route used after meeting the victims and the place where the victims were murdered”.

After the revelations, Captain Singh and the 2 civilians have been slapped with expenses underneath Sections 302, 364, 201, 436, 120-B, 182 of the IPC, and Part 7/25 IA Act.

As per the publication, an order has already been issued by the courtroom asking the Military authorities “to give their opinion whether the accused Captain be tried by the Criminal Court of ordinary jurisdiction or by the Court Martial”. 

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