Sunday, 27 May, 2018

Shopian violence: Army files counter FIR over damaged vehicles, injuries to soldiers

Mufti defends FIR against Army for Shopian firing, BJP opposes Shopian firing: Topple Mehbooba Mufti govt if it refuses to withdraw FIR: Subramanian Swamy to Centre
Lillian Steele | 01 February, 2018, 00:52

Jammu: BJP Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament (MP) Subramanian Swamy on Tuesday came down heavily on the Mehbooba Mufti government in Jammu and Kashmir for pursuing a criminal case against some Army personnel in connection with the death of two civilians in Shopian firing recently.

Tension has escalated in South Kashmir after another civilian injured in the army firing at Shopian succumbed in the hospital on Wednesday.

Two youth were killed and another critically injured in army firing in Gunowpora village of Shopian district on Saturday last.

While local residents alleged that the Army opened fire on the slightest provocation, a defence spokesman said several jawans were injured in stone-pelting and vehicles were damaged extensively, prompting soldiers to open fire in self defence.

J&K Police chief SP Vaid said the registration of FIR in the Shopian incident is just the beginning of the investigation and the Army's version would be taken into account as well.

Significantly, BJP is ruling the state in alliance with the PDP led by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.

A BJP legislator, R.S. Pathani, had demanded the FIR against the Army, including a major, should be withdrawn in view of the attack by the stone pelters on an Army convoy.

The third man who died is one Rayees Ahmad. The Army officials claimed that they provoked to do firing in Shopian district.

"The Army is an institution and has done a wonderful job". Speaking in the Legislative Assembly, Omar had said, "Magisterial probe is ordered only if the culprits are unidentified while in this case the names were clearly mentioned in the FIR".

The charges of murder and "attempt to murder" have been invoked against the army in an FIR registered at a police station in Shopian.

The leader of the opposition, Omar Abdullah, stressed the need for a permanent solution to the Kashmir issue. The written version has been added to the case file and will be part of further investigation into the incident. "Probably in such situations a generic FIR should have been filed to come to the conclusion as to what exactly happened", he said.

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