Mufti defends FIR against Army for Shopian firing, BJP opposes

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 30 Jan 2018 09:04:53




Mufti says, she did not believe the police action would have a demoralising effect on the ArmyBJP terms as

“unfortunate and disgusting”, lodging of the FIR against the Army when no FIR was lodged or enquiry ordered against the stone pelters

JAMMU and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday said the police FIR against an Army unit involved in the firing in Shopian that left two civilians dead will be taken to a “logical conclusion”, in a snub to ally BJP after it demanded withdrawal of the murder case.

Mufti made the assertion while defending the police action, saying a “black sheep can be anywhere”, amid an uproar in the State Assembly over the firing and a demand by BJP MLA R S Pathania for immediate withdrawal of the FIR. Pathania, however, said his party supports the magisterial probe to allow law to take its own course.

The FIR was registered against the personnel of 10, Garhwal unit, of the Army under Sections 302 (murder) and 307 (attempt to murder) of the Ranbir Penal Code. A Major, who led the Army personnel at the time of the incident on Saturday, was also mentioned in the FIR, officials said on Sunday.

Two civilians were killed when Army personnel fired at a stone-pelting mob in Ganovpora village in Shopian, prompting the Chief Minister to order an inquiry into the incident.
Mufti said she did not believe the police action would have a demoralising effect on the Army.

Demanding that the FIR registered against the Army personnel be withdrawn, Pathania said already a magisterial probe has been ordered into the incident and let the law take its own course. “There is a consensus on the magisterial probe and criminal action should be taken against the guilty,” he told the Assembly.