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)