Shopian firing: Army files counter-FIR | India News

NEW DELHI: The Army has filed a counter-FIR in response to the one lodged by the Jammu and Kashmir police over the killing of two civilians in Shopian district, Times Now reported.

On January 27,
two youths were killed when Army personnel fired at a stone-pelting mob+
in the Ganovpora area of Shopian, prompting chief minister Mehbooba Mufti to order an inquiry into the incident.

Police had on Sunday filed an FIR+
under sections 302 (murder) and 307 (attempt to murder) of the Ranbir Penal Code against the personnel of 10, Garhwal unit, of the Army. A Major, who led the Army personnel at the time of the incident, was also named in the FIR.

The Army claims it opened fire on the crowd in self-defence and in the face of the “ultimate provocation”, after seven of its personnel were injured.

A defence spokesman had said that the troops resorted to firing when a mob tried to lynch a junior commissioned officer and snatch his service weapon.

“An Army administration convoy was passing through Ganovpora when it came under unprovoked and intense stone- pelting by a group of 100-120 stone-pelters. Within no time, their number swelled to 200-250 persons,” the spokesperson said on Sunday.

Earlier today, the death toll in the alleged Army firing rose to three after a critically injured youth succumbed to injuries.

The PDP-BJP coalition in J&K is in turmoil after Mufti defended the police action and refused to cave in to the saffron party’s demands for immediate withdrawal of the FIR.

BJP MLA R S Pathania said on Monday that a magisterial probe has already been ordered into the incident and the law should be allowed to take its own course.

Countering this, Mufti said: “If some Army officer has committed a mistake, an FIR has been lodged and it is the duty of the government to take it to a logical conclusion.”

(With PTI inputs)

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