Mehbooba defends Army's counter FIR in Shopian firing

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti addresses the assembly in Jammu on Friday

Addressing the state assembly, Mufti said that the Army has not filed any counter FIR but only presented its version of the incident.

Speaking to ANI, Nirmal Singh said, "This was unfortunate stand by a former CM". TOI had reported in its February 1 edition that the army had filed a counter-FIR on January 28, detailing how four of its vehicles that had got separated from the convoy were attacked by stone-pelters.

The Leader of the Opposition in Jammu and Kashmir Assembly, Omar Abdullah, on Friday asked the Mehbooba Mufti government to set up a special investigation team to carry out an inquiry into the deaths of civilians in Shopian district, PTI reported. "In a written reply, you said if we give compensation it would mean forces are guilty", he added.

A video showing a man tied to an Army jeep as a shield against stone-pelters during the April 9, 2017, bypoll to the Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency had drawn widespread condemnation and anger. Following furore over the act which was described as "dastradly", the Army had convened a court of inquiry (CoI) on April 15, two days after an FIR was filed by J&K Police into the incident, involving Major Leetul Gogoi from 53 Rashtriya Rifles (RR).

Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police (DGP) S.P. Vaid had said no officer has been named in the F.I.R. over the Shopian killings.



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