No 'counter FIR' by army in Shopian killings

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However, on Wednesday another youth, Rayees Ahmed Ganaie of Narpora Shopian succumbed to his injuries in the wee hours today after battling for life for almost five days at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of SKIMS Soura.

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.

Mufti made the assertion while defending the police action amid an uproar in the state Assembly over the firing incident and a demand by BJP MLA RS Pathania for an immediate withdrawal of the FIR.

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. Subsequently, an FIR was filed under Ranbir Penal Code sections 302 (murder) and 307 (attempt to murder) against personnel of 10-Garhwal unit of the army. A Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) accompanying the convoy was hit on his head and fell unconscious suffering serious injury.

"The police asked the Army to not pass through the village as one of the militants killed in a recent encounter was its resident". SP Vaid, J&K DGP, said that the Army's version would also be considered during the probe.

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Also, around ten people were injured in the army firing.

Shopian district magistrate Aijaz Ahmad will investigate the incident and record statements of the witness starting Tuesday.

Earlier on January 27, two civilians died and several others were injured in a firing after an army patrol party came under heavy stone pelting from a mob in Shopian's Ganowpora village.

The activists of Jammu-based party National Panthers Party (JKNPP) today protested in Jammu against registration of an FIR against Army.

If the political class of the valley is so much against the forces then morality demands they shed away the security availed by them, the BJP spokesperson said. "The mob tried to lynch the individual and snatch his weapon", Defence spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia told the Indian Express.

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