In April 2010, Shezad Ahmad, Riyaz Ahmad and Mohammad Shafi from Nadihal village of Baramulla were promised good money and jobs as porters. The men who lured these youths to Kalaroos village in the Machil sector near the Line of Control included two counter-insurgency agents and a Territorial Army jawan.
However, Shezad, Riyaz and Mohammad were killed by soldiers of 4 Rajputana Rifles near the Sona Pindi post and then labelled Pakistani militants. Following a public furore, their bodies were exhumed a month later and identities revealed.
A high-level inquiry commission was constituted by the state government to probe the killings, but its report was not made public. This also led to widespread unrest in the Valley, leading to the death of 123 people. In December 2013, the Army initiated court martial proceedings, headed by Brigadier Deepak Mehra, which issued its ruling last year and the sentence was sent to the Northern Command for confirmation.