In Shopian, Army captain staged fake gunfight for 20 lac rupees reward

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The Army Captain, who was involved in the fake gunfight in Shopian in July last year in which three civilians were killed, had hatched a conspiracy along with two civilians with the motive for “grabbing” a reward money of 20 lakh rupees, reported Press Trust of India.

The trio were shot dead before the captain’s men could lay a cordon of the area, according to a police charge sheet.

Captain Bhoopinder Singh is currently in the custody of the Army, with informed sources, quoted by PTI, saying he may face Court Martial proceedings.

The charge sheet submitted before the chief judicial magistrate of Shopian district also details the role of the two civilians — Tabish Nazir and Bilal Ahmed Lone- in the case. Lone has since turned an approver and recorded his confession statement before a magistrate.

On 18 July 2020, the Army’s 62 Rashtriya Rifles had claimed to have conducted a gunfight in which three “terrorists” were killed. But days later Rajouri based families of the three victims had filed a missing complaint in Rajouri on 9 August. The following day pictures of the trio’s dead bodies circulated on social media and the family identified them as their missing relatives — identified as Ibrar Ahmed; Mohammad Imtiyaz, 21; Mohammad Abrar, 16.

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