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Shopian firing: SC to hear petition filed by Major Aditya’s father on Monday

Major Aditya’s father had moved the top court against his son being named in an FIR that was filed after three civilians were killed in Army firing in south Kashmir’s Shopian last month.

india Updated: Feb 09, 2018 11:28 IST
Bhadra Sinha
Bhadra Sinha
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Protesters throw stones at security forces during a demonstration against the killing of three civilians allegedly in Army firing in Shopian district on January 27.(PTI File Photo)

The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a petition filed by the father of an Army officer booked as accused in recent Shopian firing incident.

The petition will be heard on Monday.

The father of army major Aditya Kumar on Thursday moved the Supreme Court, demanding that an FIR registered against his sonby the Jammu and Kashmir Police in the shooting death of three civilians be quashed.

His son was just doing his duty and was “wrongly and arbitrarily” named, lieutenant colonel Karamveer Singh said in his petition, adding the officer’s intention was to save army personnel and property.

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Major Kumar, who is with 10 Garhwal Rifles, was named in the FIR filed against his unit after the army firing on protesters left three people dead in Shopian on January 27.

Police have accused the Garhwal unit of murder, attempt to murder and endangering life.

The soldiers opened fire “only to impair and provide a safe escape from a savage and violent mob engaged in terrorist activity”, the plea said.

The FIR was arbitrary as the incident was related to an army convoy on military duty in an area under the AFSPA, Singh said.

The army had on February 1 submitted its version of events to police.

It said the soldiers fired on protesters in Ganawpora village in “self-defence” to prevent the lynching of an officer, snatching of weapons by villagers and burning of their vehicles.

The manner in which the lodging of the FIR was portrayed and projected by the political leadership and the administration reflected the hostile atmosphere in the state, he said. He had approached the court to protect the fundamental rights of his son and himself.

The petition also sought guidelines to protect the rights of soldiers and adequate compensation so that no personnel were harassed by criminal proceedings for exercising their duty.

The FIR had kicked up a storm in the state, pitting ruling coalition partners Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) against each other.

While BJP lawmakers demanded the complaint be withdrawn, chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, who is also the PDP chief, said it was the duty of the government to take the FIR to its logical conclusion.

First Published: Feb 09, 2018 11:25 IST