According to the Press Trust of India, the army captain, who was involved in the fake gunfight at Shopian in July last year in which three civilians were killed, had engaged in a plot along with two civilians on the grounds of “grabbing” a reward money of 20 lakh rupees.
According to a police charge sheet, the trio were shot dead before the captain’s men could put down a cordon in the field.
Captain Bhoopinder Singh is currently in the Army’s custody, with informed sources, quoted by PTI, stating that he may be facing court martial proceedings.
The charge sheet submitted before the Shopian district chief judicial magistrate also describes the involvement of the two civilians in the case, Tabish Nazir and Bilal Ahmed Lone. Lone has since turned to an approver and reported before a magistrate his confession statement.
On 18 July 2020, the 62 Rashtriya Rifles of the Army reported to have carried out a gunfight, killing three “terrorists.” Days later, however, the Rajouri-based family of the three victims filed a missing complaint on 9 August in Rajouri.
Pictures of the dead bodies of the trio circulated on social media the following day and the family recognised them as their missing relatives, known as Abrar Ahmed; Mohammad Imtiyaz, 22,