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Mehbooba Mufti speaks to defence minister Sitharaman after 2 civilians killed in Army firing

Two civilians were killed after security forces fired at protesters in self-defence in south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Saturday, the Indian Army said.

india Updated: Jan 27, 2018 20:56 IST
Press Trust of India
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Press Trust of India, Srinagar
Mehbooba Mufti,Nirmala Sitharaman,Indian Army
Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti during an assembly session, in Jammu.(PTI)

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti spoke to defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday and expressed anguish over the death of two civilians in an Army firing in Shopian district in the state.

The two civilians were killed when Army personnel fired on a group of violent protesters, who pelted stones on a security force convoy passing through Ganovpora village.

The situation in the village is tense after the deaths.

“The chief minister said every civilian killing, notwithstanding how erroneously made, impairs the political process in the state, which has been put on track after hard work by all political parties,” an official spokesman said.

Sitharaman assured Mufti she would seek a detailed report in connection with the incident.

The defence minister said she would impress upon the field formations that mechanisms put in place were strictly adhered to so that such incidents do not recur, the spokesman said.

First Published: Jan 27, 2018 20:56 IST