The Jammu and Kashmir police lodged an FIR against Major Aditya of Garhwal Rifles in connection with a firing incident that killed two civilians and causing injuries to eight others in south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Saturday, officials said on Sunday.
Two youth, Javid Bhat and Suhail Lone, were killed and eight others injured allegedly when army opened fire on stonepelting mob targeted a convoy in Ganaupora village in south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Saturday afternoon. Another youth, who sustained bullet injuries, is struggling for his life at the Sher-I-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences in Srinagar.
A senior police officer confirmed that an FIR (26/2018) was filed at the Shopian police station against the army’s 10th Garhwal Rifles. “The charges under sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder) and 336 (endangering life) are pressed,” the officer said.
Army said it opened fire “in self-defence” after a convoy came under heavy stone-pelting by villagers.
Firdous Ahmed, a militant killed in an encounter in south Kashmir on January 24, was a resident of Ganaupora.
A strike called by separatist leadership in protest against the killing paralysed normal life in the Valley on Sunday. The roads remained deserted and local train services across Kashmir was suspended. Restrictions on movement were imposed in some sensitive areas of Srinagar.
High speed mobile internet services were also snapped across the Valley while in several parts of south Kashmir it was snuffed out.
After the Saturday’s incident, Mehbooba called up defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman to express anguish over the civilian deaths.
Sitharaman assured the chief minister that she would seek a detailed report on the matter and will ensure that such incidents do not recur.
The deputy commissioner of Shopian has been asked to probe the incident and submit a report within 20 days.
Former chief minister Omar Abdullah also expressed his anguish over the civilian deaths. “2 civilians dead & many others injured. The first month of 2018 has been a terrible one for J&K, death has cast its ugly shadow far too often already,” he tweeted.