Injured youth becomes third casualty; Thousands join funeral, clashes in Shopian, Pulwama

Laura Christensen
February 1, 2018

In occupied Kashmir, a delegation of Tehreek-e- Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir led by Muhammad Rafiq Shah visited Gonowpora, Audoo, and Kalampora areas of Shopian district and expressed solidarity with the families of the people recently martyred and injured in the firing of Indian troops on peaceful protests.

He said the circumstances that were created by stone pelters in Shopian left no option for army men but to resort to firing in self defence.

Pertinently, Army opened fire on civilians in Ganowpora, Shopian on Saturday killing two youth on spot while third youth (Rayees) succumbed today, taking toll to three.

Why are we even running the government in Jammu and Kashmir, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has asked. They shouted anti-government slogans and demanded that the FIR be withdrawn.

Clashes were reported from Pulwama after the news of the death of Rayees Ahmed Ganai spread in south Kashmir.

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Jammu and Kashmir Police chief S P Vaid said on Monday that registration of the FIR in the Shopian incident is just the beginning of the investigation and the Army's version would be taken into account as well. In case, it is required the persons named in the FIR are to be questioned, the Army will give the necessary permission, they said.

He said the police should have filed a "generic FIR" in the case instead of "prematurely" naming a Major as an accused. Javaid Ahmad and Suhail Ahmad were killed in the army firing when a stone-pelting mob attacked an administrative convoy of 10 Garhwal unit on Saturday.

The Army claims it as firing in self-defence after seven soldiers were injured in stone-pelting and the mob attempted to snatch the weapons of an officer. Do we take her silence to mean yes. Speaking in the Legislative Assembly, Omar had said, "Magisterial probe is ordered only if the culprits are unidentified while in this case the names were clearly mentioned in the FIR".

"There has been no separate FIR but their version is taken on record", said Dinkar.

Violent crowd came close and tried to set the vehicles on fire and considering the gravity of the situation, the Army was constrained to open fire in self defence to prevent lynching of the JCO, officials said.

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