Kashmir family claims army killed their missing son in fake encounter

Slain Shahid Bashir Mir in a file picture.

A youth who went missing since three days, was killed by the India army in a staged shootout in thick forests near the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, his family in Handwor region claimed on Wednesday.

Shahid Bashir Mir’s family said that he went missing and a police complaint was filed about 2 days ago.

The family from Daril Taratpur in Handwor said that Shahid, 22, went missing from his house and they filed a missing complaint. The family has claimed that Shahid was killed in a fake encounter.

The army had said that a militant was killed in an ongoing gunfight with forces in north Kashmir’s Kupwor district on Tuesday.

In a tweet, army’s Chinar Corps had said that one militant was killed in Haphruda and the operation was still in progress.

Police control room Handwor informed that a cordon and search operation was launched in Hangikoot forest area of Wilgam on Tuesday morning.

“Reportedly an encounter has ensued. Since the area is very remote and communication network is very weak, we can’t say with surety what is the latest update,” an official manning PCR Handwor had told the Hindustan Times.

The police returned Shahid’s body to his family, stating that he was killed in a gunfight. Reports from the village said that the family has refused to bury Shahid and massive protests have erupted between locals and government forces.

The Station House Officer in Vilgam Javid Ahamd Khan told media that forces had launched a massive operation in the nearby forests during which an exchange of fire took place for about more than two hours. He said that Army told them  that an unidentified body was lying in the area.

According to the officer, the army was requested to bring the body to the area and it was possible that he may have been caught in the middle of the fire exchange.

 

He added that Shahid’s father Bashir Ahmad Mir had lodged a missing report of his son and later identified him when his body was brought to the area.

 

The SHO said the Army in the FIR had  mentioned that an unidentified body has been recovered.

 

PRO Defence Rajesh Kalia told media that they are ascertaining the facts and the only thing they can say was that the operation was still on.

 

However , Deputy Commissioner Kupwor Khalid Jehangir said that they are monitoring the situation . “Let the police report first come.”

 

He said  that he had received  reports that people have been assembling in the area but added that officials have reached in the area and the situation  was under control.

More details awaited…

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