Army files counter FIR in Shopian firing that killed 3

01 February, 2018, 00:46 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
  • Mufti defends FIR against Army for Shopian firing, BJP opposes

Ganai's death takes the toll of civilian deaths in conflict-related incidents this month to five in Kashmir. He was shifted to Sher e Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences in Srinagar where he succumbed at 3 am on Wednesday. Tell Mehbooba to withdraw the FIR or else her government would be toppled. I have ordered a magisterial probe into the unfortunate incident & asked that the enquiry be completed in 20 days.

The Indian Army Major who led the Army personnel at the time of the incdent has been named in the FIR.

Chief minister Mehbooba Mufti had assured that the police case against the army would be taken to a logical conclusion.

"Every civilian killing, notwithstanding how erroneously made, impairs the political process in the state which has been put on track after hard work by all political parties", Mufti said in an official press statement after the meeting with Sitharaman.

He said the circumstances that were created by stone pelters in Shopian left no option for army men but to resort to firing in self defence. Two of the victims were identified as Javaid Ahmad and Suhail Ahmad.

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The adjournment motion was moved by CPI (M) leader M.Y. Tarigami.

However, Defence authorities have refused to conduct Court of Inquiry (CoI) against the Army officer who was leading the unit when the incident took place.

Geelani and Mirwaiz have been placed under house arrest in Srinagar.

Mufti said she did not believe the police action would have a demoralising effect on the Army.

Ruling BJP legislators have held protests in the Assembly and demanded the withdrawal of the FIR lodged against the army personnel, adding that a fresh FIR should be lodged without naming any army personnel. His remarks, however, had no impact on the PDP, which is finding itself increasingly isolated on the issue of rights abuse. 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. "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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