Shopian Civilian killings: SC stays FIR against Army officer, seeks report from Centre, J&K govt

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court stayed the registered FIR against Major Aditya Kumar who was booked by the Jammu and Kashmir police in the firing incident in South Kashmir’s Shopian area, that claimed the lives of three youth.
The apex court has issued a notice to the center and Jammu and Kashmir government in this regard, directing them that no coercive action be taken against the Major Aditya and sought a reply within two weeks from them.

“We have been asked to serve a copy of the petition to the office of Attorney General of India and Court has requested AGI to clarify the stand of Centre in two weeks. J&K govt also has to clarify its stand in two weeks,” news agency ANI quoted Aishwarya Bhati, Advocate, as saying.
Three civilians were killed and nine sustaining injuries when  army opened fire on protesters in Ganowpora village of Shopian, on January 26.

The killings sparked the outrage in Kashmir and state assembly too witnessed uproar over the killings, prompting Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti to order an investigation, following which the state police registered case under sections 302 (murder)  and 307 (attempt to murder) of the RPC against the personnel of 10, Garhwal unit of the army.
Father of army major Aditya Kumar, Lt. Karamveer Singh had moved to the Supreme Court, seeking to withdraw of an FIR against his son.

Karamveer 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.
On 9th of February, Supreme Court had agreed to hear the plea submitted by Lt. Karamveer Singh on Monday.

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