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Army begins court martial proceedings against officer in Kashmir fake encounter case

Three men hailing from Rajouri district of Jammu region - Imtiyaz Ahmed, Abrar Ahmed and Mohammed Ibrar were killed in a remote hilly village in Shopian district on July 18, 2020, and were labeled as “militants”.

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Srinagar: The Indian Army has initiated general court martial proceedings against a Captain for the killing of three men in a “staged encounter” in Amshipura in Kashmir in July 2020, officials said.

The Army has initiated general court martial proceedings against a Captain in Operation Amshipura, Shopian in south Kashmir in July 2020 after the Court of Inquiry and the Summary of Evidence indicated a need for disciplinary proceedings, a defence spokesman said.

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Three men hailing from Rajouri district of Jammu region – Imtiyaz Ahmed, Abrar Ahmed and Mohammed Ibrar were killed in a remote hilly village in Shopian district on July 18, 2020, and were labeled as “militants”.

However, as doubts were raised over the killings, the Army promptly constituted a Court of Inquiry which found prima facie evidence that the troops had “exceeded” powers vested under the Armed Forces Special Powers (AFSP) Act.

Maintaining its highest standards and commitment to ethical conduct of anti-militancy operations, the court martial proceedings were then initiated against Captain. “Indian Army is committed to ethical conduct of operations”, the defence spokesman said and added “further updates on the case will be shared in a manner so as not to prejudice due process of law”. 

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