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Police team leaves for Rajouri to further investigation in ‘July 18 Shopian encounter’: IGP Kashmir

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Srinagar: Inspector General of Police Kashmir range, Vijay Kumar Thursday said that a police team headed by a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DySP) rank has left for Rajouri to complete the legal formalities in connection with July 18 Shopian encounter.

Police is working on two aspects—to go for cross examination of DNA samples of slain with the families claiming them as their wards and to check their call details to find out whether they were in touch with militants, IGP said.

As per Kashmir News Observer (KNO), while talking to reporters on the side-lines of a full dress rehearsal parade at SK Stadium in Srinagar a day ahead of the I-Day function, the IGP said that police is working on two aspects of the July 18 Shopian encounter case. “One is that we will go for DNA cross examination of slain with the three families that claim three militants killed were their wards.

We have already taken the DNA samples of all three slain,” the IGP said, adding that “today a team headed by DySP Wajahat has left for Rajouri to complete the legal formalities.”

Secondly, the IGP said that police will check the call details of all the three slain to find out whether they were in touch with militants and other technical details as well. “After three families filed a missing complaint in Peru police post in Rajouri, we took the case seriously. No conclusion can be drawn at this point,” the Kashmir police said as per KNO.

The families of three missing youth from Rajouri had recently claimed that the pictures of three slain killed on July 18 encounter at Ashmipora, Shopian were their wards, who were working as labourers in Shopian district and were living in a rented accommodation. Social media was abuzz with the posts from netizens that the encounter that took place on July 18 at Shopian was “stage managed.” The army had taken social media reports seriously and issued a statement that “it was investigating the matter.”

The family members of three youth and the Amnesty international have demanded an independent and transparent probe. The families of three Rajouri youth had also approached concerned authorities in Rajouri to seek permission to travel to Kashmir and to demand exhumation of bodies for identification.

About the August 15 preparations, the IGP Kashmir said that foolproof security arrangements have been put in place and there will be ground and aerial surveillance to keep the eye on suspects. “All security agencies are maintaining a close synergy to foil any possible attack by militants.

Militant presence is there but we are ready to foil all their plans and ensure smooth conduct of I-Day function across Kashmir including Srinagar,” the IGP said as per KNO.

He urged people to cooperate with the security forces during the frisking operations that have been intensified across the Valley especially the capital city of Srinagar—(KNO)

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