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“No system of cash rewards”: Army denies reports of Rs 20 lakh reward in Shopian encounter

Last Updated on January 11, 2021 at 6:58 pm

Indian army has categorically denied reports that claimed that an army captain, involved in an encounter in Amishpura of Shopian in which three Rajouri youth were killed, had hatched a conspiracy along with two civilians to “grab” reward money of Rs 20 lakhs.

Official spokesperson of Indian army based in Udhampur clarified that there is no system of cash rewards in army hence the reports are false.

“There are media reports quoting that Amshipora encounter actions were driven by Rs 20 Lakh award for killing of terrorists. It is clarified that Indian Army has no system of cash awards for its personnel for any acts in combat situations or otherwise in the line of duty. The report is malafide (misleading) and not based on facts of the processes internal to Indian Army” said the spokesperson.

Media reports claimed that chargesheet submitted before the chief judicial magistrate of this district also shed more light on the role of two civilians – Tabish Nazir and Bilal Ahmed Lone – in the case.

Captain Bhoopinder Singh may face Court Martial proceedings, informed sources say. He is currently in Army custody for the case relating to July 18, 2020 encounter in which three youths of Rajouri district – Imtiyaz Ahmed, Abrar Ahmed and Mohammed Ibrar – were killed and branded as terrorists.

Lone has since turned an approver and recorded his confession statement before a magistrate.

After reports emerged on social media that the three youths were not associated with terrorism, the Army had ordered a Court of Inquiry which completed its probe earlier in September.