Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir and opposition National Conference working president Omar Abdullah today accused the Jammu and Kashmir government of putting the Shopian firing incident, involving a senior Army officer, into cold storage.
The former chief minister claimed that the state government has come under pressure on the issue of filing an FIR against Army Major Aditya in the incident.
Omar’s remarks came days after the Supreme Court paused further investigation in the January 27 Shopian firing incident involving a senior Army officer, in which three civilians were killed.
We have said that this incident should be probed thoroughly because there is a difference between what the army has said and the statement which came from the government. People want (to know) the truth and that is our demand. If there is some mistake, it should be accounted for, Omar told reporters at Anantnag in south Kashmir.
The state government had told the apex court that the FIR does not mention the officer’s name.
Omar said he was surprised over what the state government has said in the Supreme Court.
FIR copy is there to see. It is not something which is a secret. We live in an age of social media, everyone knows what is mentioned there,” Omar Abdullah said.
What about the chief minister’s commitment in the assembly because she made commitments not once but twice, saying the FIR will be taken to its logical conclusion, but they said a different thing in the Supreme Court. So, I think the state government has come under pressure and it is trying to put this issue in cold storage, he said.
Earlier, Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS), a well-known human rights group in Kashmir, has termed the Supreme Court order staying the police investigation against Major Aditya Kumar of 10 Garhwal Rifles as “irregular and against the established norms of criminal procedure” and “appears to favor the accused, at the cost of the victims”.
Indian troops are protected by controversial powers that shield them from prosecution while serving in Jammu and Kashmir. Under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), Indian army, and paramilitary officers can search homes and make arrests without warrants, shoot at people suspected of being militants and blow up buildings or homes on suspicion that insurgents are using them.