Jammu and Kashmir: Youth injured in Shopian firing succumbs

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Srinagar, Jan 31: Another youth wounded in security force firing in Shopian district on Saturday succumbed to injuries on Wednesday taking the toll of civilian deaths in the incident to three.

Sources in the Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) here said 19-year-old Rayees Ahmad admitted in the hospital on Saturday succumbed on Wednesday morning, news agency IANS reported.

With this, the death toll in Ganowpora village firing rose to three. Javaid Ahmad and Suhail Ahmad were killed in during the firing when a stone-pelting mob targetted an administrative convoy of 10 Garhwal unit on Saturday.

Army said its personnel had fired in self-defence after a junior level officer fell unconscious following the mob attack.

Cops have registered an FIR of murder against the soldiers of the unit.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)  has demanded the withdrawal of the FIR while the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said the investigation into the killings of the civilians would be taken to its logical conclusion.

A magisterial probe has also been ordered by the state government into the incident.

Reacting to this,   Lt Gen D.Anbu, Commander Northern Command today said “It is an initial step, they have lodged FIR. Everything will come out in an investigation. Notwithstanding what state government did, we had our own inquiry and are clear that we responded when we were provoked to the ultimate”.

“That is an unfortunate thing, in such a case a generic FIR should have been filed. I think they have prematurely put the name of an individual, I am sure when they investigate truth will come out”, he asserted.


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