Shopian killings: NC demands arrest of accused army soldiers

Shopian killings: NC demands arrest of accused army soldiers
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Jammu: Opposition National Conference on Monday demanded the accused army men named in the FIR in connection with the killing of two civilians in Shopian should be arrested immediately.
Senior NC leader and former minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs Ali Mohammad Sagar said that with regard to the civilian killings by the army in the Shopian, the inquiry should be conducted without any delay within the already given time frame.
“Accused soldiers named in the FIR should be arrested immediately”, Sagar demanded.
Sagar while addressing reporters outside the assembly in Jammu said that the accused soldiers named in the FIR in Shopian killings should be immediately arrested.
He said that 20 days deadline inquiry be conducted. “The probe should be completed and those named in the FIR should be arrested,” he said. Earlier, Legislative Assembly witnessed uproar over civilian killings by army in Shopian district of south Kashmir on Saturday.
As soon as the House assembled this morning, members of opposition National Conference and Congress stood up from their seats. They were joined by PDP MLA, Ashraf Mir.
The opposition members shouted slogans and demanded action against the army for civilian killings.
The legislators also lashed out at BJP MLA Ravinder Rana for his remarks justifying the army firing.
The BJP legislator Ravinder Raina, who is MLA Nowshera, had said that “army did the right thing” by opening fire.
Two youngsters were killed and several others injured when army opened fire in Gonawpora village of Shopian.
Raina had also dared the police to register as many FIRs but insisted that army enjoys the “impunity under Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).”
“There is nothing like magisterial enquiry. Army enjoys impunity under AFSPA in Jammu and Kashmir, army has its own court. Lodge FIR as many as you want, police FIRs don’t work (against army),” he had said.

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