New Delhi, Nov 3: The Indian Army convicted seven of its personnel, including two officers, and handed them life imprisonment for their involvement in a staged shootout in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir in 2010, reports said.
Three youths named Mohamad Shafi, Shehzad Ahmed and Riyaz Ahmed, all residents of Nadihal in Baramulla district, were allegedly taken to a border area and shot dead. They were labelled as Pakistani terrorists who tried to enter India.
The Jammu & Kashmir Police named Col DK Pathania, the commanding officer and Major Upinder, both of 4 Rajput Regiment, as the main accused in the April 30 Machil encounter case. The shootout saw protests erupting in the Kashmir Valley and the ensuing clashes between the protesters and security forces led to the death of at least 110 people.
The police registered a case soon after and charged 11 army personnel for targetting three civilians as militants and killing them.