Srinagar, Sep 18 : Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Friday said inquiry process by Army into the killing of three youths in Shopian in an encounter in July must remain transparent and the guilty must face the mighty law.
Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, the vice president of the National Conference (NC) Omar on Friday said “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”.
He was reacting to a tweet which reads “ Shopian encounter case: Indian army initiates disciplinary action against its men for the encounter in July.Says prima facie they exceeded their powers under law.The case is still being investigated as the family of the three had said that their kin were innocent”.
Army claimed on July 18 to have killed three unidentified militants in an encounter in Shopian. However, last month three families in Rajouri claimed that they were their relatives who went missing on July 17, when they last contacted them (families). They had lodged a missing report at a police station at Rajouri in July.
Army had ordered an inquiry while police also initiated a probe and collected DNA of families of deceased youths from Rajouri.
The DNA samples were collected by police last month and family members expressed concern over delay in DNA report. Omar also expressed his concern over delay in DNA sample tests.
Lt Governor Manoj Sinha has recently assured that justice will be done in Shopian killings.
Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh only yesterday said it is a matter of days and DNA report will be received.