Shopian killings: ‘Army’s counter-complaint appended with FIR’
Srinagar, Jan 31: Stating they were “attacked” by protesters in Shopian on January 27, the army has filed a complaint in the local police station a day after the incident in which three civilians were killed and, at least, nine others injured. Sources in police told The Kashmir Monitor that the application has been appended with the FIR that police eventually lodged against the accused army unit. On Wednesday, multiple Indian media outlets reported that army had filed a “counter FIR” in the case. Refuting the reports, sources said that it would only have been so had there be a fresh FIR lodged in the case. Asked about the reports of “counter FIR”, SP Shopian, Shriram Ambarkar, said, “All I want to say is that on the second day of the incident, we had received a (complaint) filed by the army, and it is being investigated.” To mention, police, on Sunday filed an FIR under sections 302 (murder) and 307 (attempt to murder) against the personnel of 10 Garhwal Unit of the army. A Major, who led the army personnel at the time of the incident, was also named in the FIR. With growing annoyance over the issue from its right-wing ally, PDP is tightly placed in view of its president and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s “Shopian-killings-would-be-taken-to-its-logical-end” statement made in the Assembly.