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Shopian Encounter: Army Finds ‘Prima Facie’ Evidence Against Troops, Says AFSPA Powers Violated

In Shopian district of Kashmir, according to the Army’s claim, three militants were killed in Amshipura village in the higher reaches of south Kashmir. 

According to the report by news agency PTI, the Army has found “prima facie” evidence its troops violated powers under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act during an encounter in Kashmir’s Shopian district in which three men were killed in July this year. The Army has initiated disciplinary proceedings, officials informed on Friday.

On July 18, in Shopian district of Kashmir, according to the Army’s claim, three militants were killed in Amshipura village in the higher reaches of south Kashmir.

The Army, committed to ethical conduct during anti-militancy operations, initiated an inquiry after social media reports indicated that the three men hailed from Rajouri district of Jammu region and had gone missing at Amshipura, defense spokesperson in Srinagar, Col Rajesh Kalia said.

“The inquiry has brought out certain prima facie evidence indicating that during the operation, powers vested under the AFSPA 1990 were exceeded and the Do”s and Don”ts of Chief of Army Staff as approved by the Supreme Court have been contravened. Consequently, the competent disciplinary authority has directed to initiate disciplinary proceedings under the Army Act against those found prima-facie answerable,” the brief statement by the army said, reported PTI.

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