Omar Abdullah Calls For SIT Probe Into Shopian Civilian Firing After Army Files Counter FIR

| February 2 , 2018 , 12:31 IST

Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah during the state assembly session on Friday called for a high-level special investigation team to be set up to look into the Shopian incident where stone-pelting and firing took place.

On January 27, a mob stone-pelted an army convoy in the Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir and the soldiers opened fire in self-defence after 7 of its personnel were injured. In the firing, 2 youths were killed and another succumbed to injuries on Wednesday. Eight other civilians were injured in the incident.

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After the incident, in response to public anger in Kashmir, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti announced that the police would be registering a case against the army soldiers involved in the firing. The decision was met with mixed reactions, as several felt that no state should take action against the nation's armed forces, while others said that the army should not have fired at civilians.

Police filed an FIR against the personnel of the Army's 10 Garwal Unit under sections 302 (murder) and 307 (attempt to murder). Subsequently, the Army filed a counter-FIR, claiming that they acted in response to 'ultimate provocation' and in self-defence.

The Shopian issue was raised in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly by Leader of Opposition Omar Abdullah, he said, "After Police filed FIR, now Army has filed a counter FIR. So we demand a high-level special investigation team should be constituted to look into Shopian (firing) matter."

Before the Shopian incident, the Kashmir valley had witnessed a significant decrease in stone-pelting incidents.