Advisor Khan Terms Shopian ‘Fake Encounter’ A Rumour

Farooq Khan – File Pic

Srinagar: Advisor to Lieutenant Governor; Farooq Ahmed Khan on Tuesday rubbished the claims of last month’s Shopian encounter as being fake and gave clean chit to the state forces saying that “rumours” of staged gunfight were being spread to disturb peace in Kashmir valley.

“Some people call Shopian encounters a staged or fake encounter on social media to deteriorate the situation in Kashmir. I guess these rumours are being spread to deteriorate the situation in Kashmir. We will defeat all the conspiracies of those who want to deteriorate the situation in Kashmir,” Khan, according to news agency KNS told reporters at Dak Bungalow in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Tuesday.

However, the former police officer said that there were some reports about three missing persons which will be thoroughly investigated to make everything clear.

Khan’s comments come a day after three families from Rajouri claimed that three of their kin have been killed in a “stage managed encounter” by government forces in Shopian district on July 18.

The claims of Rajouri families also prompted army and police to order a probe into the incident.

Regarding the recent militant attack on panchayat members, Khan said security grid will not only ensure that attack on Sarpanchs and Panchs are stopped but will ensure punishment to the attackers.

“These Sarpanchs had fought elections on non-party basis and want development for their villages,” he said.

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