SRINAGAR (Agencies) - The police, in its preliminary report, has identified an Indian Army Major as instrumental in the killing of three innocent Kashmiri youth in a fake encounter in Machil area of Kupwara in occupied Kashmir. According to KMS, the Army had requested the police to submit the preliminary investigation report into the killing of three youth, Muhammad Shafi Lone, Shehzad Ahmed and Riyaz Ahmed all residents of Nadihal Rafiabad. The police officials privy to investigation told a local daily newspaper 'Greater Kashmir that the police had submitted the report and named the Army officer of 4 Rajput Rifles instrumental in orchestrating the fake encounter, last month. During investigations, name of one Major has surfaced. Incidentally, the Major had claimed to have led the encounter on the fateful day. His name has been withheld as it can hamper the investigations, they said. However, the newspaper quoting sources identified the officer as Major Opinder of 4 Rajput Rifles. The preliminary report stated that on the directions of the Major, a trooper of Territorial Army, a former SPO and an army agent had motivated the youth to work as labourers for the army in lieu of hefty money. It stated that later the youth were handed over to the army and subsequently killed in a fake encounter on the orders of the Major on the intervening night of April 29 and 30. The report pointed out that the army had claimed to have foiled an infiltration bid and recovered 5 AK rifles, over 200 rounds of ammunition and even Pakistani currency from the killed youth, whose bodies were exhumed from a graveyard in Kalaroos, Kupwara and identified by their families. The 4 Rajput Rifles unit of the army involved in the killing is yet to handover to the police the arms and ammunition, which it claimed to have recovered from the youth.