Indian police charge army officer with killing three Kashmiri nationals India

In a highly unusual move, Indian police have indicted an Indian Army officer who accused him of calling the killing of three civilians in Kashmir in July a fake gunfight. Giving.

An extraordinary independent investigation into the unusual killings and looting in the troubled region has revealed that an Indian military officer, Capt. Bhupinder Singh, who used the alias Major Bashir Khan, along with two of his informants, kidnapped three local laborers. Had conspired. It said they killed the men, placed illegal weapons on the bodies and called them “hard terrorists”.

They deliberately and deliberately chose not to follow the SOPs [standard operating procedures]Received a police investigation, which lasted several months.

“After stripping them of their identities, they applied illegally obtained weapons and materials to their bodies and declared them terrorists in the possession of stores such as Jang,” he said.

Police said the accused officer deliberately provided false information to colleagues and elders.

The three civilians killed included 16-year-old Abrar Ahmed and a 25-year-old man who was the father of a 15-month-old son.

The accused officer was part of the 62 Rashtriya Rifles, a branch of the Indian Army dedicated to counter-insurgency operations in Kashmir. Now he faces a test.

For decades, the Himalayan state has been a point of contention between India and Pakistan, which has fought three wars for complete territorial control. Last year, the Indian government revoked Kashmir’s limited sovereignty, brought the state under full control of the central government, and imposed a paralyzed crackdown on civilians.

Allegations of human rights abuses and extrajudicial killings of civilians have plagued Kashmir for decades as Indian security agencies try to quell the ongoing insurgency, which is a pledge of allegiance to Pakistan. Indian officers stationed in Kashmir are rewarded either in the form of medals and promotions or up to Rs. 1.25 million (12 12,600) for killing militants.

Allegations of pursuing the alleged militant’s murder are rare for police or military investigations, and justice is rarely provided to families who claim wrongful murder.

The incident took place this summer in Shopian in south Kashmir, a key apple-growing district that has been the scene of an exchange of fire between Indian security forces and insurgents.

The army initially claimed that three “hardline terrorists” were killed in an exchange of fire during a search operation in the village of Amshipura. He said the militants were hiding in a “lonely house cow in the garden”.

However, the military version began to unfold when the families of three missing persons from a remote village in Rajouri District lodged a complaint with the police, and local activists expressed concern on social media.

Gutar Ahmed, a social worker and neighbor of the three slain civilians, said it took his family nearly a month to realize they were missing, and on August 10 they only reported the missing to the police.

Ahmed then posted pictures of the three workers online, saying he felt his neighbors had wrongly killed the army.

“We took up the matter with every authority and finally DNA sampling was ordered which took two months to match,” he said. days After 73 days, we were allowed to exhume the bodies and take them back to our village.

“The way things are going from the beginning, we hope there will be justice.”

This is not the first case. There was a fierce exchange of fire in 2010 in which army officers killed three civilians and evacuated them as insurgents staged months of mass protests that resulted in more than 100 casualties by police and paramilitary forces. Civilians were killed.

In 2016, police and paramilitary forces were accused of using disproportionate force to quell large-scale protests in the area – sparked by the assassination of a prominent militant commander – who Hundreds of young men and women were blinded by the iron pellets.

The Indian military says it is conducting a separate investigation into the Shopian massacre. “The concerned authorities are examining the evidence in consultation with legal advisers in this regard,” said Col Rajesh Kalia, spokesperson for the Army based in Occupied Kashmir. Kalia said the army was “committed to ethical conduct”.

It has not been decided whether the accused army officer will be tried in a criminal court or in a military court.

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