Shopian civilian killings: FIR against Army major disgusting, says BJP

Govt to take FIR against Army to logical conclusion Mehbooba

A teargas shell explodes near protesters in Srinagar clashing with security forces against the alleged killing of the two youth in Army firing.

Rayees Ahmad has been identified as the third deceased.

However, the Jammu and Kashmir Police have already registered a case against the Major and his Army unit, 10 Garhwal Rifles.

The news of their deaths in army's firing had triggered a massive controversy in the state with Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti calling Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who was believed to have assured her that she will seek a detailed report from the army.

The Indian army on Wednesday filed a counter FIR against unknown stone pelters in Jammu and Kashmir.

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".




Rayees Ahmed Gania, 19, who was critically injured in the shooting died in a Srinagar hospital early Wednesday, triggering fresh protests in Shopian and neighbouring Pulwama district.

Army said its personnel had fired in self-defence after a junior level officer fell unconscious following the mob attack.

"Incidents like Shopian remind us that we can not afford confrontation at any level and there is an urgent need to engage in a meaningful dialogue at all levels, " she said.

His death is likely to further strain relations between the PDP and its coalition partner, the BJP, that had demanded the withdrawal of an FIR filed against the Army in the incident. 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".

Kashmir Reader contacted SSP Shopian, Sri Ram Dinkar, who acknowledged that army has filed their version of the incident. SP Vaid, J&K DGP, said that the Army's version would also be considered during the probe.

Violent crowd came close and tried to set the vehicles on fire and considering the gravity of the situation, the Army was constrained to open fire in self defence to prevent lynching of the JCO, officials said.

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