Major was not at Shopian firing spot: Army sources

Srinagar: Army sources on Tuesday claimed that army major who was mentioned in the FIR over the killing of two civilians in the firing incident in Kashmir division’s Shopian district was not present at the place where the killings happened, adding that they have launched an investigation in this regard.
An army source said, “The major was not present at the site of the incident. He was around 200 meters away from it. He was in the vicinity of the spot.”

On Saturday two civilians were killed when army-men fired at them during the protests, which was condemned throughout the Kashmir and forced Jammu and Kashmir chief minister to order an inquiry into the incident and police had registered the FIR against 10, Garhwal unit of the army under the murder and attempt to murder cases.
Moreover, assembly on Monday was rocked by various legislators over the killings in Shopian and opposition demanded a discussion hour over the issue to happen, which was allowed by Speaker Kavinder Gupta.

DGP of  Jammu and Kashmir, SP Vaid on Monday said that the case filed in Shopian incident is just starting in the inquiry and army’s version would also be considered.
Defense ministry spokesman Rajesh Kalia had said that the troops opened fire in self-defense when 100-120 protesters tried to lynch a junior commissioned officer and snatch his service rifle, the protesters further tried to ransack the vehicle, he added.

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