These people-workers Abrar Ahmad Khan, Imtiyaz Ahmad and Abrar Ahmad Yousuf who left their hometown to find work were killed in a military operation in July. Local police recovered pistols and live ammunition from the scene, and a special investigation team said that the army initially described the victims as “militants.”
In a statement on Sunday, the police accused Captain Popdra Singh and another of kidnapping and killing the two men, stating that they regarded the murder as a fake military encounter and “after illegally acquiring weapons and materials, Deprived of their identity. Marked them as stubborn terrorists.”
The police added that Singh “deliberately and purposefully” chose not to follow Kashmir’s standard operating procedures.
The Indian Army has not yet indicated whether the captain will be tried in a military court under civilian jurisdiction. According to emergency laws promulgated in Chaand and Kashmir since 1990, the Indian army cannot be tried in civil courts under ordinary jurisdiction without the permission of the federal government.
However, there are very few cases of lawsuits against military officers for suspected crimes and abuse, and similar requests have been made in the past for events that have been staged, making investigations and charges even rarer.