Shopian Fake Encounter | Hasnain Masoodi demands stern punishment to guilty

National Conference MP Hasnain Masoodi on Saturday welcomed the army report that powers under Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA) have been misused during Amshipura, Shopian fake encounter, seeking exemplary punishment to those involved in the crime.

“In this particular fake encounter the families have been crying the innocence of their young boys from the very first day. The army in its inquiry has also concluded that the dos and don’ts were not adhered to. I along with my party co-parliamentarians raised the issue in Lok Sabha as well by serving a calling attention motion to the government to share the status of the inquiry of the army into the unfortunate incident. Our persistent efforts to get justice for the families of the slain innocent youth have borne fruit,” Masoodi said.

Masoodi said fake encounters contradict rule of law and required SOPs and were arbitrary actions which “unfortunately aren’t new to Kashmir.”

“On one hand government of India is making tall claims on zero tolerance for human rights violations, and on the other hand there seems impunity for such extra judicial civilian killings on ground in Kashmir. In the past too, these extra judicial killings have been a regular feature in Kashmir. Such killings are mostly not taken to account and guilty, not punished under the guise of national security,” Masoodi said.