Shopian killings: FIR against Indian army major and other soldiers in the murder of 2 civilians

Jammu and Kashmir Police have registered FIR against Indian army major and other soldiers in the murder of 2 civilians in Shopian.

Srinagar: Normal life remained affected on Sunday due to the strike called by Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) against the killing of two youth in army firing in Ganowpora village of Shopian yesterday.

Business establishments, shops are closed in Srinagar and other districts of the valley, and public transport is also off the roads. Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprised of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and Yasin Malik had called for the shutdown in Kashmir against the killing of two youth in army firing on Saturday.

The shutdown call was given by JRL, authorities on Saturday evening suspended the train services between Baramullah and Banihal and imposed curfew in parts of Srinagar on Sunday.

In South Kashmir’s Shopian district, shutdown continues for the fourth consecutive day against the militant and civilian killings. A civilian and two militants were killed in an encounter that broke out in Chaigund village of Shopiyan district on Wednesday.
On Saturday, two more civilians were killed and several others injured when Indian army opened fire on the protesters. The slain youths were identified as Javaid Ahmad Bhat, son of Abdul Rasheed Bhat, an undergraduate student, and Suhail Javid Lone, son of Javid Ahmad Lone, a Class 12 student.

According to locals, Army opened fire indiscriminately on the civilians who were protesting for the removal of banners and flags around the graveyard where two militants were buried on Thursday.

The army in a statement, however, said they were “constrained to open fire in self-defense to prevent the lynching of the JCO and burning of government vehicle by the mob”.

Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir police have registered FIR against Indian army personals in the killing of 2 civilians under sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder) and 336 (endangering life).
An army major and few other soldiers of 10 Garwal has been mentioned in the FIR.

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