Srinagar, Aug 11: The Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Shopian Amrit Pal Singh Tuesday said that the families of three missing persons of Rajori have not approached the Shopian police for the investigations.
The Army has said that it started an investigation into an encounter in which “three militants” were killed in Shopian village in July, it attributed its investigations to the “social media” inputs that the “encounter” was fake.
Three weeks after the Army claimed to have killed “unidentified” militants in an “encounter” in South Kashmir’s Shopian, three families in Jammu region’s Rajouri have come forward and have filed written complaints saying three men involved in labour work were missing from the same area.
Talking to news agency Kashmir Indepth News Service (KINS) over phone SSP Amrit Pal Singh said, “How can we rely on social media claims, until and unless the family approaches us,” the SSP said.
He added: “We had lodged FIR as per our related incident and the Rajori police lodged as per their’s” he added. However the SSP further refused to comment over the issue.
The three families lodged a missing persons’ complaint about them at the Peeri Police Post in Rajouri’s Kotranka tehsil on Sunday, amidst social reports that three alleged militants killed by security forces in an encounter in Amshipora on July 18 were labourers from Rajouri district.
They gave the names as Imtiyaz Ahmad, 20, and Ibrer Ahmad, 16, of Dharsakri village, and Mohammad Ibrar, 25, of Tarkasi village — both villages in Kotranka tehsil.
In a statement, defence spokesperson Rajesh Kalia had said, “We have noted social media inputs linked to the operation at Shopian on 18 July 2020. The three terrorists killed during the operation have not been identified and the bodies were buried based on established protocol. The Army is investigating the matter.”