DNA of 3 men killed in encounter matches with their family members


The Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Police confirmed that the DNA samples of the three persons, killed in the alleged fake encounter in Shopian district on July 18, had matched with their family members. The police also said an investigation is underway in the Shopian encounter case.“The DNA samples of the three men have matched with their family members in Rajouri. We are carrying out further investigation in the matter,” Vijay Kumar, IG J&K Police, said. On July 18, the Army had claimed that three terrorists were killed in Amshipura village in the higher reaches of south Kashmir’s Shopian district. The controversy erupted after three families filed a complaint at a police station in Rajouri, stating that a member each was missing since July 17 from the Amshipora area of Shopian. The relatives of the youths, belonging to Dhar Sakri village in Kotranka of Rajouri area in Poonch, lodged the missing report with the local police after they failed to contact the trio and news of an encounter came on July 18 from Ashimpora in Shopian, a police official said.

The families also identified the three men, killed in Shopian, as their kin and filed a police complaint. They claimed that the three were working as labourers in apple and walnut orchards. Police had taken the DNA samples of three families from Rajouri district for matching it with the DNA of the three youths killed in the alleged fake encounter case.

As a controversy in the Shopian incident erupted, the Army released a statement, last week, stating it has found “prima facie” evidence that its troops “exceeded” powers under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). The Army also said that it has initiated disciplinary proceedings.