The Indian army on Wednesday filed a counter FIR against unknown stone pelters in Jammu and Kashmir. The counter FIR was filed on 28 January in response to an FIR lodged by the Jammu and Kashmir Police over the killing of civilians that mentions soldiers from 10 Garhwal Rifles as the accused, reported IANS.
According to police sources, the FIR against the army was registered under Sections 302 and 307 of the Indian Penal Code and it had specifically named one Major Aditya, who was commanding the 10 Garhwal Regiment, at the time of the firing.
Three youth were killed in Ganowpora village of Shopian district in south Kashmir on 27 January, when security forces opened fire after an army convoy reportedly came under a stone pelting attack. Two of the victims were identified as Javaid Ahmad and Suhail Ahmad. The third civilian, identified as Rayees Ahmad Ganai, had died after being admitted in hospital for treatment.
The news of their deaths in army’s firing had triggered a massive controversy in the state with Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti calling Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who was believed to have assured her that she will seek a detailed report from the army.
The Army, meanwhile, had submitted its version of the incident, when its convoy was attacked in Shopian district, to the Jammu and Kashmir Police and explained its reasons for opening fire at the stone pelting mob, officials said today.
The filing of FIR against army personnel had become a bone of contention between the ruling allinace partners, PDP and the BJP. While Chief Minister Mufti had reiterated that the FIR against the army officials will be taken to its logical end, her partner in the government, the BJP, had reacted angrily demanding the withdrawal of the FIR.