Shopian violence: Army files counter FIR over damaged vehicles, injuries to soldiers

Protesters throw stones on security forces amid tear smoke during a protest against the alleged killing of two youth in Army firing in Shopian district of South Kashmir in Srinagar

While speaking in the Assembly, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said that the J&K Police had advised the Indian Army in advance not to enter Ganowpora village.

The Indian Army on Wednesday responded to the FIR filed by Jammu and Kashmir police against the Army and said the Indian Army responded to an ultimate provocation and was done in self-defense to prevent the "lynching of a Junior Commissioned Officer and burning of vehicles".

On Sunday, the police registered the FIR under sections 302 (murder) and 307 (attempt to murder) against the personnel of 10, Garhwal unit, of the Army.

Disclosing the fact about counter-FIR on Wednesday, Army officials said it will co-operate in the magisterial probe ordered by the State Government. "BJP's demand for the withdrawal of the FIR shows the partners are on a collision course".

The circumstances that were created by the stone pelters in Shopian, subjecting Army convoy to heavy pelting, hurting a JCO and others and damaging vehicles, left no other option for the personnel but to resort to firing in self defence, the BJP leader said.

The firing in Shopian district has increased the death toll of Jammu and Kashmir.

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Two civilians were killed on Saturday afternoon when army opened fire in Ganawpora.

"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. He was taken to the Sher-I-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences in Srinagar soon after the firing on January 27, with a bullet injury in the head, the Hindustan Times reported. The Army claimed it had opened fire in self defense after seven of its personnel were injured.

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.

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

"The Army's version, eyewitness accounts and the statements of those who lost their near and dear ones would be included", Vaid said in a press conference.

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