Three men killed in Shopian probably overground workers: Army

Three men killed in Shopian probably overground workers: Army

Three men killed in Shopian probably overground workers: Army

He said the incident relates to an Army convoy that was on bona fide military duty in an area under the AFSPA and was isolated by an "unruly and deranged" mob pelting stones, causing damage to military vehicles.

Saying that Kumar was not named in the FIR as an accused, the state government told the court the Centre's nod was not required to probe an allegation. "What people would like to know is why no legal action has been taken by the state government against the errant culprits when it has accepted the young men were not OGWs but innocent civilians?" asked Junaid Azim Mattu, state spokesman of National Conference. "In the meantime, there shall be no further investigation on the basis of FIR till then". So has the State Government misled the Supreme Court or have they fudged the FIR, in that case, to save its skin and remain in power?

On Sunday, four people were shot dead by the Indian army in Shopian during an alleged exchange of fire with a militant.

The court also said that even though the FIR does not name Major Aditya as an accused, he could be roped in at any time as his name is mentioned in the narrative of the FIR.

A bench chaired by Chief Justice Dipak Misra ordered the state government of Jammu and Kashmir to put the investigation on hold till April 24 when it would deliver its ruling in this case. "You can not treat him like an ordinary criminal".

In the last hearing of the matter on February 12, the court had restrained Jammu and Kashmir Police from taking any coercive action against Major Kumar. He is the only officer who has been named in the FIR.

Reacting immediately, Venugopal retorted: "Licence to kill?".

The J&K police had registered the FIR under sections 302 (murder) and 307 (attempt to murder) of Ranbir Penal Code following an uproar over the incident at Ganawpora village in Shopian.

The top court of the country was informed when it was listening to the plea of Lt Col (retd) Karamveer Singh, father of Major Aditiya.

In a virtual clean chit by the Centre to Major Aditya Kumar and Army personnel of 10 Garhwal Rifles into the Ganowpora, Shopian firing incident in which three civilians were killed, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Wednesday told Parliament that "Indian Army personnel exercised restraint and gave repeated warnings to the mob to disperse before opening fire in self defence".

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