Powers vested under AFSPA exceeded during Amshipora encounter: Army

Srinagar, Sept 18 (KNS): Army on Friday said that it has concluded enquiry ordered into “alleged” fake encounter in south Kashmir’s Amshipora of Shopian district and admitted that during the operation powers vested under AFSPA were exceeded.
“The inquiry ordered by the Army authorities into Op Amshipora has been concluded. 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 (COAS) as approved by the Hon’ble Supreme Court have been contravened”, Army in a statement said.
It said, “Consequently, the competent disciplinary authority has directed to initiate disciplinary proceedings under the Army Act against those found prima-facie answerable”.
Army dded, “The evidence collected by the inquiry has prima-facie indicated that the three unidentified terrorists killed in Op Amshipora were Imtiyaz Ahmed, Abrar Ahmed and Mohd Ibrar, who hailed from Rajouri. Their DNA report is awaited. Their involvement with terrorism or related activities is under investigation by the police”.
It further added, “Indian Army is committed to ethical conduct of operations. Further updates on the case will be given periodically without affecting due process of the law of the land”.
Earlier on September 14, 2020 Lieutenant Governor J&K Manoj Sinha assured while talking to media persons at Raj Bhawan here that no injustice will be done with the victims of Amshipora Shopian encounter.
“Whatever legal procedures were there — Army is conducting its own enquiry and we have formed our own investigating committee. Main ashwast karta hun ki unke saath poori tarha se nyaay hoga, unko insaaf milega. (I want to assure that justice will be served),” the LG had said.
Also Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh on Thursday said that the final results of the DNA samples collected from the family members from Rajouri will be out in a few days.
“There is no delay in results as the process takes time. I believe it’s a matter of few days when the results of DNA samples will be out,” he said addressing a presser in PCR Srinagar. (KNS) 

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