Jammu: Police chief S P Vaid on Monday said registration of FIR in the Shopian incident is just the beginning of the investigation and the Army’s version would be taken into account as well.
Two civilians were killed when army personnel fired on them on Saturday, prompting the government to order an inquiry into the incident.
Police registered an FIR under sections 302 (murder) and 307 (attempt to murder) of the Ranbir Penal Code against the personnel of 10, Garhwal unit, of the Army. A Major, who led the Army personnel at the time of the incident, was also mentioned in the FIR.
Vaid told reporters here that it a matter of investigation as to what circumstances led to the incident.
Asked whether the Army’s version will be a part of the probe, the state police chief said, “The Army’s version, eye-witness accounts and the statement of those who lost their near and dear ones would be included.”
“We will go through all facts and the ground evidences of the case and the Army will also be questioned,” he said.
Replying to a question whether the case was filed on the directions of the state government to “demoralise” the Army, the DGP said, “FIR is the start of investigation process. It is not that any officer has been named. FIR names the unit of the Army headed by a particular person.”
To a question on whether the amnesty scheme for first- time stone-pelters have encouraged others to resort to throw stones as seen in Shopian, Vaid said the amnesty scheme was decided at the highest level.
“It was meant for first-time stone-pelters and those who have no serious and heinous criminal cases against them. You must not block the careers of these children, but at the same time, as far as hurled stones in Shopian is concerned, it cannot be justified,” he said.