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Shopian army firing: Third civilian dies of bullet injury

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A youth who was injured in army firing in south Kashmir's Shopian district on Saturday succumbed to his injuries at SKIMS Soura making him the third casualty of the incident.

Meanwhile, the army on Wednesday filed a counter FIR over the attack on its personnel by the mob.

The incident rocked Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly and Council, where opposition clashed with Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) members, who were justifying the firing on demonstrators.

Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, on whose behest the police complaint was filed, said it had become necessary to take such action as erroneous elements within the Indian Army were behaving recklessly.

The J&K police has registered an FIR No 26/2018 PRC under sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder) and 336 (endangering life) against Army's 10 Garhwal Regiment for killing the two youth. Also, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti criticised Army for the civilians killing. A Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) accompanying the convoy was hit on his head and fell unconscious suffering serious injury.

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He urged the Speaker of the Assembly to direct the government to withdraw FIR against army. The FIR has been lodged at the Shopian police station.

"We will go through all facts and the ground evidences of the case and the Army will also be questioned", Vaid said. We will take the Shopian probe to its logical conclusion. The Army personnel allegedly involved in the incident can either depose before the Magistrate in person or give written reply to a questionnaire prepared by the probe panel.

The army has said that the soldiers fired on protesters in Ganawpora village in "self-defence" to prevent the lynching of an officer, snatching of weapons by villagers and burning of their vehicles.

Northern Army Commander Lt Gen Devraj Anbu today said that the Army opened fire into a crowd in Shopian on January 27 in self-defence and in the face of the "ultimate provocation" by a stone-pelting crowd, reported ANI.

If the political class of the valley is so much against the forces then morality demands they shed away the security availed by them, the BJP spokesperson said. Seven Army men were injured and extensive damage was caused to 11 vehicles.

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