Army orders high-level probe into allegations of Kashmir fake encounter

      Indian Army on Sunday ordered a high-level enquiry into the alleged fake encounter in which three youths were killed on April 30 at Machali sector of Jammu and Kashmir. In a statement, the Defence spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel J S Brar said that proceedings would be judiciously expedited. Lieutenant Colonel Brar further said based on the preliminary report of the Machhil encounter, received from Jammu and Kashmir Police, the Army ordered a high level inquiry. The J-K Police submitted its report to the Army, late on Saturday evening. He said the Army would investigate all allegations, based on the report submitted by the police. The Army is also making efforts to recall witnesses as their unit has been de-inducted. On April 30, the Army had claimed that they killed three unidentified infiltrators in Machhil sector when they sneaked into this side from across the border. However, relatives claimed that they were three youths who were missing since April 27. Their bodies were exhumed on Friday and identified by the relatives. Authorities handed them over for last rites after taking DNA samples. On Saturday, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident.

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