Exclusive: “Contents of brain were coming out,” post-mortem of trio in Shopian fake gunfight

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The post-mortem findings of the three abducted civilians killed in Shopian fake gunfight last year reveal the trio had received multiple fire-arm injuries and suffered blast wounds which caused the brains of all of them, including a 16-year-old boy, to spill out.

As per the post-mortem conducted on 18 July 2020, the documents of which are obtained by The Kashmir Walla, the trio has received multiple bullets and blast injuries on the face, legs, shoulder, and abdomen.   

In all three cases, the Medical Officer of the Police hospital in Srinagar, who had examined the bodies, stated that from the circumstantial evidence and postmortem findings he is of the opinion that “multiple firearm injuries (caused) hemorrhagic shock, leading to cardiorespiratory arrest and death.” 

Sixteen-year-old Mohammad Abrar, the post-mortem reveals that he had five entry wounds on the face, a big blast injury on the head, and contents of the brain were coming out. “One big exit wound on the left side of the neck,” it further added. “Two entry wound on the chest. Right elbow dislocated. One [more] exit wound. One entry wound on the right lower abdomen. 5-6 exit wounds on the back. Big exit wound on right leg. Right shaft femur. Right tibia shaft and right fibula.” 

The Army’s 62 Rashtriya Rifles had claimed in July last year to have conducted a gunfight in which three “terrorists” were killed. Under the new counterinsurgency policy, the identities of the three victims were kept hidden and the bodies were buried in a graveyard in north Kashmir’s Baramulla.

However, a month later, three families filed a missing complaint about their sons in Rajouri. As the pictures of the trio’s bodies circulated on social media, the families in Rajouri identified them as their missing relatives — Ibrar Ahmed, 25; Mohammad Imtiyaz, 21; and Mohammad Abrar, the 16-year-old.

As per the police investigation, it was later found that the gunfight was staged by an Army Captain who abducted three civilians and killed them in Amshipora village of Shopian. 

The post-mortem of one of the victims, Imtiyaz Ahmad, 21, reveals that he had a “big blast injury on the face; big blast injury on the skull; one big exit wound on the left ear; exit wound on the chest; exit wound on left thigh; one entry wound on the lower abdomen; 2-3 exit wounds left; one entry wound on the left shoulder; left-arm dislocated; one exit wound on the right leg and one entry wound on the right leg.” 

In another case, of Ibrar Ahmad, 25, the post-mortem finds out that he had five to six exit wounds on the face, a big blast injury on the head, and contents of the brain were coming out. “Big exit wound on the right upper shoulder. Four entry wounds on the chest. One entry wound on the right upper shoulder. 2-3 entry wounds on the left thigh,” it added. 

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