Police will be examining the call detail records (CDR) of the three alleged 'militants' who were killed in a gunfight in south Kashmir's Shopian district on July 18 whose identification has become a matter of investigation.
Police has already said that the DNA samples of the three families from Rajouri, who claim the killed "militants" as their kin, would be taken and matched with the samples of the killed "militants".
A Police team led by a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DySP) rank officer has arrived in Rajouri district to followup the investigation of the case.
"The case has two aspects - one is matching DNA samples. We will take DNA samples of the families and then match them. The second aspect is to investigate whether the killed trio were in touch with local militants,” Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, Vijay Kumar told reporters on Thursday on the sidelines of a full-dress rehearsal for the August 15 parade at Sher-e-Kashmir Stadium here.
"We will examine their call details and all the technical evidence," he said.
On August 10, three families approached Police in Rajouri district and claimed that their kin had gone to Shopian for labour work and had contacted them on phone on July 17.
As per the families, when they did not contact them after July 17, they lodged a missing report at Police Post Peeru on August 10.
Subsequently, it appeared on social media that the "militants" killed on July 18 at Shopian are reportedly missing labourers identified as Imtiaz Ahmad, son of Sabar Hussein, 26, Ibrar Ahmed, son of Bagga Khan, 18, and Ibrar Ahmed, 21, son of Muhammad Yousuf of Dhar Sakri in Kotranka in Rajouri.
The claims prompted Police to launch a fresh probe into the gunfight while Army was also investigating the matter.
On August 11, Police said sufficient time was provided for identification of bodies at PCR Kashmir, Srinagar.
However, the bodies could not be identified and they were buried in presence of the Magistrate after conducting a post-mortem and lifting DNA samples.
Taking cognisance of the claims by the families and media reports, Police said it would examine the claimants and carry out DNA sampling for matching purposes.
On August 10, Army said it had taken note of the social media reports and an investigation has been launched into the matter.
On July 18, three unidentified militants were killed in a gunfight with the forces at Amshipora area of Shopian.
After the gunfight ended, a Police spokesman said the operation was launched based on Army inputs.
"On a specific input by the Army's 62 RR about the presence of militants in village Amshipora, an operation was launched by them (Army) in the said area. During searches, militants fired at Army personnel and the gunfight started. Later on Police and CRPF also joined," the spokesman said.
The slain were buried in north Kashmir's Baramulla district in view of the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic and preventing people from contracting the virus, Police had said.