Shopian youth injured in Army firing succumbs

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The Indian Army has filed a counter FIR in response to the one lodged by the Jammu and Kashmir Police against it regarding the Shopian killings.

The army opened fire on a stone-pelting mob on January 27.

The Indian Army has claimed that they were forced to open fire in self-defence after seven of its personnel were injured in the mob attack at Shopian.

Why are we even running the government in Jammu and Kashmir, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has asked.

Two others, 20-year-old Javid Ahmad Bhat and 24-year-old Suhail Javid Lone, died in the firing.

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A magisterial probe has also been ordered by the state government.

On naming the Major in the FIR, he said, "I think they have prematurely put the name of an individual".

The J&K police has registered an FIR No 26/2018 PRC under sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder) and 336 (endangering life) against Army's 10 Garhwal Regiment for killing the two youth.

The Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) yesterday protested the registration of an FIR against Army men in connection with the alleged killing of two youths in Army firing in Shopian district.

The Army has maintaining that its personnel had fired after a junior officer fell unconscious following the mob attack.

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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 opposition and separatists have rejected the Magisterial inquiry and demanded arrest of Army personnel named in the FIR.

"Army as an institution has done a great job but the grace of an institution only enhances once the black sheep within are identified and weeded out", she added. Tell Mehbooba to withdraw the FIR or else her government would be toppled.

At a press conference at the police headquarters on Monday, the DGP said it was a matter of investigation as to what circumstances led to the incident. We will take the Shopian probe to its logical conclusion.

However, state DGP S.P. Vaid on Tuesday said the police will take into consideration the Army version of the incident.

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