Shopian killings: Army files counter FIR

Feb 01, 2018, 00:50
Shopian killings: Army files counter FIR

This comes days after the J&K police filed an FIR against Major Aditya of the Army's 10 Garhwal unit and his associates, invoking Section 302 (murder), Section 307 (attempt to murder) and Section 336 (endangering life) of the Ranbir Penal Code relating to the firing incident.

Coalition partner BJP that leads the federal government at the center and largely controls the central armed forces indicated its displeasure over Mufti's decision to charge the Army with murder. "Army is an institution and it has played a good role but there can be black sheep".

Indian Army spokesperson in its statement had said, "Administrative convoy was passing through Ganaupura chowk in Shopian when it came under intense stone pelting by a group of at least 100 people".

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A magisterial probe has also been ordered by the state government into the firing incident. "Probably in such situations a generic FIR should have been filed to come to the conclusion as to what exactly happened", he said.

Former CM and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah demanded action against the "erring soldiers".

Meanwhile, authorities have imposed restrictions on the movement of people in Safakadal, Khanyar, Nowhatta, Rainawari and M R Gunj police station areas of the city as a preventive measure to maintain law and order, the officials said.

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Security forces kept away from the funeral march.

The Army had termed it as a pre-mature act on part of the police and the BJP had, in the state Assembly, been critical of naming the Army Major in the FIR. The cycle of killing must end. Police should have filed "a generic FIR", which does not take names in such cases, he added. The Army personnel allegedly involved in the incident can either depose before the Magistrate in person or give written reply to a questionnaire prepared by the probe panel.

"There has been no separate FIR but their version is taken on record", said Dinkar. "We will go through all facts and the ground evidence of the case and the Army will also be questioned", Vaid said.

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Army has claimed that they opened fire in "self-defence" after a "mob tried to lynch an officer" during protests.

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