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Disciplinary action process must be transparent: Omar

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APNI party, PDP demand justice, punishment for culprits

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Srinagar: National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Friday said the process of disciplinary action against those found guilty of killing three young men from Rajouri in an alleged fake encounter in Shopian should be transparent.
“The families of the three murdered men had continued to proclaim their innocence. Disciplinary action initiated by the army would suggest the army agrees with the families. The process must remain transparent & the guilty must face the full weight of the law,” Omar tweeted.
He was reacting after the Army said it has found “prima facie” evidence its troops “exceeded” powers under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act during an encounter in Kashmir’s Shopian district in which three men were killed in July this year and has initiated disciplinary proceedings.
On July 18, the Army claimed three militants were killed in Amshipura village in the higher reaches of south Kashmir’s Shopian district.
After the operation, two families from Rajouri claimed that the youth could be their relatives who had come to Shopian in search of work.
Meanwhile, senior Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party leader Ghulam Hassan Mir demanded punishment to the guilty and compensation for the families.
“Army enquiry proved it was a fake encounter. Action should be taken against all those who were involved in it. These young boys won’t come back but at least government other than punishing the guilty should pay compensation to their families.”
PDP leader and Youth President Waheed Ur Rehman Parra said Government should also punish those involved in killing of Batmaloo woman and custodial killing in Sopore.
“We welcome any move towards the justice but question is guilty should be punished. But an ecosystem of fear, fake encounters, custodial killings, atrocities has been created where some people think they can do these acts and get away with it. The Government should also provide justice in custodial killing of Sopore youth, cross firing killing of a woman in Batmaloo. Will Government justify killing of a woman in crossfire, custodial killing of a Sopore youth,” he said. (with PTI, KNS inputs)

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