The Jammu Kashmir Police has decided to exhume the dead bodies of the three persons, killed by forces in an encounter and declared as militants at Amshipora area of south Kashmir's Shopian district on July 18, and hand them over to the respective families in Rajouri district.
The exhumation of the bodies of the trio, whose identities were confirmed by Army as well as through DNA matching, will take place in north Kashmir's Baramulla district where they were buried as unidentified.
The move came five days after Police said that the DNA samples of three slain youth, who were cousins, matched with the samples of their families while Army, after its inquiry, has also confirmed the identity of the trio.
"DNA samples of three dead bodies of Rajouri matched with their family members and therefore the bodies will be exhumed and handed over to their families after due process of law," Inspector General of Police Kashmir, Vijay Kumar said.
The Police investigation into the alleged fake encounter, to ascertain whether the trio had any links with militancy or not, is still underway and Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh had said that there will be fair and speedy investigation into the case, which is being monitored by Superintendent of Police Shopian.
Singh said on Tuesday that two local men, from south Kashmir, were arrested for their alleged role in the case.
The two persons, who are reportedly informants of the Army, have been held for criminal conspiracy. They are being questioned by the investigators of the case.
The encounter became a matter of investigation after three families from Rajouri district claimed that the killed trio were their kin and had gone to Shopian to work as labourers. They were identified as Imtiaz Ahmad son of Sabar Hussein, 26, Abrar Ahmed son of Bagga Khan, 18, and Mohammad Ibrar Ahmed, 21, son of Mohammad Yousaf of Dhar Sakri in Kotranka in Rajouri. Indian Army also confirmed the identities of the trio after concluding its inquiry on Sept 18.
Army said the forces, who conducted anti-militancy operations at Amshipora, exceeded the powers vested in them under Armed Forces Special Powers Act besides the do's and don't of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) were contravened.
It had said the competent disciplinary authority has directed to initiate disciplinary proceedings under the Army Act against those found prima-facie answerable.
On July 18, the three persons, who were cousins, were killed in an encounter by forces at Amshipora and had said the encounter was launched based on the inputs of Army's 62RR and later police and CRPF had also joined.
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 17th July. After 17th July, as per the families, when they couldn't contact them they lodged a missing report at Police Post Peeru on 10 August.