Five rounds of funeral prayers offered for Shopian slain youth

Protesters throw stones on security forces amid tear smoke during a protest against the alleged killing of two youth in Army firing in Shopian district of South Kashmir in Srinagar

Five rounds of funeral prayers offered for Shopian slain youth

A 19-year-old youth, injured in the Army firing in Shopian on Saturday afternoon, succumbed to his injuries in a Srinagar hospital on Wednesday morning, taking the civilian death toll to three.

Police had on Sunday filed an FIR under sections 302 (murder) and 307 (attempt to murder) of the Ranbir Penal Code against the personnel of 10, Garhwal unit, of the Army.

Army has claimed that they opened fire in "self-defence" after a "mob tried to lynch an officer" during protests.

A magisterial probe has also been ordered by the state government.

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir unit of the BJP on Monday termed the lodging of an FIR against Army personnel over the killing of two youth, allegedly in firing by jawans, in Shopian as "unfortunate and disgusting" asserting that nothing should be done that demoralises the forces.

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Despite opposition by the BJP members and leaders, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti refused to withdraw FIR and announced to take the case to its logical conclusion.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Shopian A S Dinkar told New Indian Express that army report on the incident has been added to the ongoing investigation. Sensing trouble, the authorities had deployed security forces and state police personnel in strength to maintain law and order in both Shopian and Pulwama districtsThe demonstrators clashed with the security forces after they were not allowed to move towards main roads. It also said that seven soldiers were injured and 11 vehicles damages in the mob attack.

"Security forces fired bullets on the chests and heads of the victims".

BJP's RS Pathania questioned the need to register an FIR in the name of some individuals for such serious offences at such an early stage. He said that the army has helped civilians in Kashmir in several instances and has no personal score against anyone. "The J&K CM at the floor of the House had said, "I had brought the Shopian army firing issue to notice of the Defence Minister and she said that if you feel that a crime has been committed, go ahead and take an action", he quoted Mehbooba.

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