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3 persons believed to be army informers being questioned for their role in Shopian killings: Report

On Saturday, three persons who have allegedly been working as “informers” for the Indian army, were deposed before the Army’s Court of Inquiry and set up to probe the July 18 encounter at Amshipora, Shopian, in which three labourers from Rajouri were killed and declared militants.

Quoting top sources in the JK administration, a report by Indian Express, said that three persons are “the last contacts of the three deceased and are being questioned for their role” in the incident.

On September 18, the Indian army had confirmed that identities of the three killed at Amshipora have matched that of the missing labourers from Rajouri — Abrar Ahmed (25), Imtiyaz Ahmed (20) and Mohammed Ibrar (16).

“These suspects worked as informers for the army,” the source was quoted further saying.

“These suspects worked as informers for the army and there are preliminary indications of their involvement in the encounter,” the sourced added

According to the report, their initial version was that a “group of militants was supposed to come via the Rajouri-Poonch sector and the labourers had agreed to bring them to the civilian army sources, who would then inform the army about the infiltrators.”

In this regard, JK police had earlier said that “militant links” of the three labourers are under investigation, sources in the report said; however, the claims made by the “army sources” will be verified when they are officially handed over to the police.

Quoting sources, the report said that of the three cousins — Abrar, Imtiyaz and Ibrar — from Rajouri who were killed in the July 18 encounter, one had been in Kashmir for a month and the other two joined him later.

“The factual position of the claims being made by the sources will be explored by the police,” sources told The Indian Express.

Earlier on Friday, Inspector General (Kashmir Zone) of JK Police, Vijay Kumar confirmed that the DNA samples of the three labourers from Rajouri have matched those of their families.

 

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