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    Amshipura Encounter: Army Captain Staged Encounter for Rs 20 Lakh, Shows Police Charge Sheet

     Shopian, Jan 10: The Army Captain, who was involved in the alleged fake encounter in Shopian in July last year in which three youths were killed, had hatched a conspiracy along with two civilians with the motive for “grabbing” a reward money of Rs 20 lakh and also fired at the victims even before his men could lay a cordon of the area, according to a police charge sheet.


    Captain Bhoopinder Singh is currently in the custody of the Army, with informed sources saying he may face Court Martial proceedings. The case relates to the July 18, 2020 encounter at Amshipura here in which three youths of Rajouri district — Imtiyaz Ahmed, Abrar Ahmed and Mohammed Ibrar — were killed and branded as terrorists. The charge sheet submitted before the chief judicial magistrate of this district also details the role of the two civilians — Tabish Nazir and Bilal Ahmed Lone — in the case.



     

    Lone has since turned an approver and recorded his confession statement before a magistrate. After reports emerged on social media that the three youths were not associated with terrorism, the Army had ordered a Court of Inquiry which completed its probe earlier in September. It had found “prima facie” evidence that the troops had “exceeded” the powers granted under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). Following this, the Army had initiated disciplinary proceedings.



     

    The identities of the three youths killed in Amshipura were confirmed through a DNA test and the bodies were handed over to their families in Baramulla in October. General officer in Command of the strategically-located XV Corps, Lt Gen B S Raju had said earlier the Summary of Evidence had been completed and the Army will take the next course of action as per law


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