Controvercial A.F.S.P.A, a counterterrorism law with sweeping provisions, security forces enjoy “widespread impunity”


Human rights activists in Kashmir see the encounter as a gun battle in which civilians were dubbed “rebels” and killed by the army to claim monetary benefits and medals.

In May 2010, large scale protests erupted in Kashmir after a police investigation revealed the army killed three civilians in a staged gun battle at Machil area near the Line of Control in the frontier Kupwara district.

The three labourers were lured to Machil and killed there before being labelled “militants” by the army to claim a reward.