SRINAGAR: The remains of the three young Rajouri labourers killed in an alleged encounter with the
in south Kashmir's Shopian on July 18 and buried as unidentified "foreign terrorists" will be exhumed and handed over to their families, J&K police said on Wednesday.
The decision comes a day after the police arrested two "local informers" in Amshipora village of Shopian for allegedly providing wrong inputs that led the Army's 62
to target the trio.
Last week, DNA tests found a match between samples taken from the graves of the slain youths – Abrar Ahmad (25) , Imtiyaz Ahmad (20) and Mohd Ibrar (16) – and their parents in
's Rajouri. "Due process of law will be followed and the remains exhumed so that the families of the three men can perform their last rites," IGP (Kashmir) Vijay Kumar said.
The youths, hailing from Dhar Sakri in Rajouri's Kotranka, had last called their families on July 17 to say they had reached Shopian to look for work and rented a room. Three weeks later, their parents visited Peeri police station in Rajouri to report them missing amid speculation that the alleged terrorists killed in Shopian might be their sons.
The uproar prompted the administration to order DNA matching of samples collected from the parents and the graves in Baramulla.
Citing "certain prima facie evidence" brought out by a court of inquiry, the Army has acknowledged that the 62 Rashtriya Rifles may have "exceeded" powers vested under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act during the disputed encounter in Shopian.