Srinagar, May 29 : The Ghost of fake encounters has come again to haunt the Indian Army as a Indian Army major and four other people, including a territorial army soldier, were booked for the murder of three civilians in a gun battle said to be staged in Jammu and Kashmir on April 30, police officials said here on Saturday, May 29.
The bodies of the three civilians – Shahzad Ahmad Khan, Riyaz Ahmad Lone and Muhammad Shafi Lone – were recovered on Friday,May 28 from a graveyard in Kalaroos village of Kupwara district. The bodies were identified by their relatives in the presence of a magistrate.
Bashir Ahmad, a former special police officer, and his colleague Fayaz Ahmad were arrested for the murder of the three men belonging to Nadihal village in Rafiabad of north Kashmir.
"Sustained interrogation of Lone and Ahmad unraveled the entire conspiracy. Abbas Hussain Shah, a jawan of the territorial army, is the kingpin of this nefarious conspiracy," a senior police officer told while unraveling the whole conspiracy.
Updating on the controversy the officer further added,"He, on the behest of an Army officer (major), conspired with Lone, Ahmad and Abdul Hamid Bhat to lure the three civilians. They were promised a wage of Rs.2,000 per day if they work as porters for the Army in the Machil sector of the Line of Control (LOC) where the unit of the involved major was posted,".
"After they fell into Hussain's trap, Lone, Ahmad and Bhat were taken to Sogam village in Kupwara where a vehicle was waiting for them to be taken to the LOC for the fake gun battle," he concluded .
Mob in Nadihal village invaded the house of Lone, the SPO who is one of the accused in this fake shoot out incident
The army is said to have killed three terrorists in Machil sector while trying to dislodge a infiltration bid on April 30.