Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir police has arrested two local “collaborators” in connection with Shopian “fake encounter”, days after the DNA results confirmed the 3 killed youth were missing Rajouri labourers.
According to a report by India Today, police have arrested two local collaborators on charges of “criminal conspiracy” under relevant sections in an FIR. The two, according to the report have been sent to eight days of judicial remand by the district court.
A local news agency said that the accused hailed from Pulwama and Shopian districts of the south Kashmir.
The arrest of the two persons in the infamous case comes four days after police confirmed that the DNA samples of three men who were killed in an alleged fake encounter with the Army in Shopian district matched with their families from Rajouri.
The relatives of three youths, belonging to Dhar Sakri village in Kotranka of Rajouri area in Poonch, had lodged a written missing persons report at the local police station after they lost contact with them on July 17.
In their complaint, they informed the police that they had last spoken to the three, who were mainly involved in apple and walnut trading, on July 17 when the youths had informed their families that they had got a room at Ashimpora in Shopian.
Three boys, Mohammad Imtiyaz and Ibrar Ahmed, both residents of Kathuni mohalla of Dharsakri village of Rajouri, and Mohammad Ibrar, a resident of Tarkassi village of Rajouri, left their homes to work as labourers in Kashmir’s Shopian and went out of contact with their families after July 17 late evening.
A day later, the Army claimed three militants were killed in Amshipura village in the higher reaches of south Kashmir’s Shopian. It initiated an inquiry after social media reports indicated that the three men were from Rajouri and had gone missing in Amshipura.
The families of the three men claimed they worked as labourers in Shopian and lodged a police complaint.
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