Shopian Civilian Killings: SC to Hear Plea Filed by Army Major’s Father

NEW DELHI: Court has agreed to hear the plea of Lt Colonel Karamveer Singh on Monday, father of army major Aditya Kumar-Lt Karamveer Singh had moved to Supreme Court yesterday, seeking to withdraw an FIR against his son-who was boked by the Jammu and Kashmir police in the firing incident in Shopian last month.



Major and his unit have been listed in an FIR in which they are accused of opening fire on a group of protesters, that claimed the lives of three men in South Kashmir’s Shopian area.
The petition by Lt Karamveer Singh reads the FIR violates the rights of his son, Major Aditya Singh, the police can not register cases against the army in Jammu and Kashmir, since AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Power Act) is operating in the state. The law gives powers to the army in insurgency-hit areas. The police registered an FIR against the Major “knowing fully well that he was not present at the place where the incident happened and that the army-men were doing lawful military duty,” the petition read.



“My son was doing his duty to protect the soldiers who were being stoned and about to be lynched… He carried out the orders of his superiors,” it added.
Karamveer Singh-Lt Colonel said in the petition that his son has been ‘wrongly and arbitrarily’ named in an FIR, adding that the officer’s intention was to save security personnel and property.



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