Stonepelters Wanted To Burn Injured Army Officer, He Fired In Self-defence

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Against two Indian Army Soldiers, FIRs have been lodged for opening fire. In response to the complaint registered, the Indian Army argued that the duo opened fire in the desperate situation.

On Saturday, the PDP-BJP coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir showed cracks after Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti succumbed to her coalition partner and vowed to investigate the logical conclusion in the case of the killing of two youths in the firing of the army.

Stone-pelting by mom in J&K

In the gunfire by Army soldiers, two youths named Javiad Ahmad Bhat and Suhail Javaid Lone were dead. And in the stone-pelting, seven Army men were injured which includes junior commissioned officer.

As per the NDTV reports, a source told that “A brick or heavy stone was hit at one of the JCO. He sustained head injuries and fell unconscious. The crowd came within 7 meters of the soldiers. They tried to snatch the unconscious JCO. Some of them may have said, burn the soldier. The soldiers are trained to shoot to kill.”

Also as per the claims of Army, the FIR mentioned the Army major for killing two civilians in the firing incident happened in J&K wasn’t even actually present at the spot of the incident. The Army has started the investigation. Says the source, “The Major was not present at the site of the incident. He was around 200 meters away from it… He was in the vicinity of the spot.”

Shopian | 2 civilians killed in alleged firing by forces, Indian Army says mob tried to lynch officer

The police have lodged FIR on Sunday under IPC section 302 i.e., murder and 307 i.e., attempt to murder against the Army men of Garhwal unit 10. Another Army personnel mentioned in FIR is the Major who led him to the spot.

Yesterday, J&K police chief S P Vaid said, the registered FIR is the beginning of the investigation and the version of Army will be taken into the account in the investigation.

While, on Sunday, a defence spokesman said, the fire was opened on a mob who tried to lynch a junior commissioned officer and tried snatching his service weapon, “An Army administration convoy was passing through Ganovpora when it came under the unprovoked and intense stone- pelting by a group of 100-120 stone-pelters. Within no time, their number swelled to 200-250 persons.” He added, “The crowd surrounded an isolated portion of the convoy consisting of four vehicles.”

On Sunday, BJP MLA Ravinder Raina who is from Nowshera came forward in support of the Army’s action and stated troops opened fire in self-defence when a mob was stone-pelting and injured Army men, “Whatever the Army had done is in the ambit of law and in self-defence.”

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti

However, the Chief Minister of J&K said, “Immediately after the incident took place, an FIR was lodged against the guilty and Shopian’s Deputy Commissioner was ordered to conduct a magisterial probe and submit a report within 15 days.”

The chief minister also called on Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who, according to her, shared her pain and assured of proper steps. She stated, “The 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.”

DEfence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

The chief minister Mehbooba also said, “Incidents like Shopian remind us that we cannot afford confrontation at any level and there is an urgent need to engage in meaningful dialogue at all levels. There is no alternative to dialogue within the state and between India and Pakistan because it is the people of Jammu and Kashmir who are facing the brunt of this acrimony and paying in terms of human and material losses.”