Army’s Shopian Encounter Probe Addresses ‘Perceived Injustice’

Indian Army’s acknowledgment of injustice denies militancy more recruits through propaganda around military excesses

On 18 September, the Defence PRO at Srinagar acknowledged that

“…evidence collected by the inquiry has prima-facie indicated the three unidentified persons killed in the Amshipora operation [18 July] were Imtiyaz Ahmed, Abrar Ahmed and Mohd Ibrar, who hailed from Rajouri … the Indian Army personnel violated powers vested under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act 1990, as also contravened the ‘Do’s and Don’ts of the Chief of Army Staff as approved by the Hon’ble Supreme Court; ..…competent disciplinary authority has directed to initiate disciplinary proceedings under the Army Act against those found prima-facie answerable …Indian Army is committed to ethical conduct of operations.” The statement strangely also added -“their involvement with terrorism or related activities is under investigation by the police.”

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