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Shopian killing: Army files its version

Shopian killing: Army files its version

The army's Jammu and Kashmir chief lieutenant-general, Devraj Anbu, on Wednesday joined the BJP, a partner in the ruling coalition in the state, in opposing chief minister Mehbooba Mufti's decision to slap murder charges against armymen in connection with the Shopian killings.

The police has already registered a murder case against the Army unit while government has ordered a Magisterial probe into the firing incident.

They said Rayees Ahmad Ganie, who was critically wounded when Army opened fire to disperse stone pelting demonstrators at Ganowpora, Shopian, succumbed in the S K Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) early this morning. The Army said it fired in "self-defence" when the protesters resorted to "intense stone-pelting, attempted to lynch an injured Junior Commissioner Officer (JCO) and set Army vehicles to fire".

After the incident, which took place on Jan 27, Jammu and Kashmir police had filed an FIR against two Army men.

"It is unfortunate that FIR has been lodged against army unit and Major and no FIR has been registered against stone pelters", Gupta said.

"The investigations into the killings would be taken to its logical conclusion, " she said during discussions on the adjournment motion on the killings. Also, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti criticised Army for the civilians killing. She told the house, "The Army would not be demoralised by an FIR".

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Delegations of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League and Muslim League also visited the hospital and enquired about the health of the injured.

"The police asked the Army to not pass through the village as one of the militants killed in a recent encounter was its resident".

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

The army has said that the soldiers fired on protesters in Ganawpora village in "self-defence" to prevent the lynching of an officer, snatching of weapons by villagers and burning of their vehicles.

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.

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