Shopian narrative: Army vs police

Lucy Bush
February 1, 2018

Army personnel were mentioned in a first information report registered by the Jammu and Kashmir Police in connection in Shopian district that left two persons dead and nine injured, officials said.

Police had on Sunday filed an FIR under sections 302 (murder) and 307 (attempt to murder) of the Ranbir Penal Code against the personnel of 10, Garhwal unit, of the Army.

Earlier on January 27, two civilians died and several others were injured in a firing after an army patrol party came under heavy stone pelting from a mob in Shopian's Ganowpora village. Seven army men including Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) were injured in the stone pelting on their convoy.

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The issue was also raised in the state Assembly by a BJP MLA who demanded the FIR be withdrawn as a magisterial probe was already ordered in the incident. "The government should arrest all the army personnel named in the FIR", opposition leader Ali Sagar said while speaking in the Assembly during the discussion on Shopian killings.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has demanded the withdrawal of the FIR against the Army while Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said the investigation into the killings of the civilians would be taken to its logical conclusion.

Rayees Ahmad Ganie son of Mohd Yousf Ganie, 19, of Narpora, Shopian succumbed to injuries in the wee hours on Wednesday after battling for life for the last five days at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Soura.

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"We have received (the) army's version of the complaint and it has been made part of the file", Hindustan Times quoted Shopian senior superintendent of police Ambarkar Shriram Dinkar saying. Tell Mehbooba to withdraw the FIR or else her government would be toppled.

"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", she added.

Kashmir Reader contacted SSP Shopian, Sri Ram Dinkar, who acknowledged that army has filed their version of the incident.

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"They have just lodged an FIR and the investigation is yet to commence".

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