The Army said it has taken cognisance of social media posts related to the encounter in Shopian in Jammu and Kashmir, adding the bodies of the three men who were killed by a unit of Rashtriya Rifles had not been identified. “They were buried as per established protocols. The Army is investigating the matter,” army spokesperson Colonel Rajesh Kalia said.
According to the families of the three deceased, who filed the missing reports at Peeri police station under Rajouri Police, the trio had last called their kin on July 17. A relative of one of the missing men, said they had called to inform that they had reached Shopian and rented a room. Asked about the three-week delay in filing a report, Hussain said the families initially assumed they were not able to contact due to mobile connectivity issues. “We waited for their call for a long time,” he said.
The missing labourers were residents of Dhar Sakri in Kotranka in Rajouri. Iltija Mufti, who operates her mother and PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti’s Twitter handle, demanded an urgent probe into the recent encounters.
A day after the encounter on July 19, Army’s sector commander Brigadier Ajay Katoch had cited “human intelligence from a unit source on the presence of 4-5 unidentified terrorists” in Amshipura village on the intervening night of July 17-18.