Anantnag: Contrary to reports in some Indian media houses that the army has filed a counter FIR in the Shopian firing incident, the army has only submitted their “diary” of the incident to the police.
Two students were killed on the spot on January 27 and another died Wednesday morning at a Srinagar hospital from bullet injuries sustained when army soldiers opened fire on people in Ganowpora village of Shopian.
The army has claimed that an isolated part of their convoy was attacked by a mob of over 250 people, who hit a JCO rendering him unconscious and tried to set ablaze vehicles of the army.
Following the incident, police in Shopian registered an FIR against the army unit, mentioning the name of a Major-rank officer.
As support poured in for the army from the Indian mainland, including from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which is in a coalition government in Jammu & Kashmir, several media houses in India reported that the army has filed a counter FIR in the incident.
An army spokesperson told Kashmir Reader that the army has only filed a written, detailed version of the incident to the police.
“On the very next day of the incident we filed a written, detailed account of the incident to the police. We call it a diary. Whether police is treating it as an FIR or not will be for the police to comment upon,” the spokesperson said.
Kashmir Reader contacted SSP Shopian, Sri Ram Dinkar, who acknowledged that army has filed their version of the incident.
“They did it on the very next day of the incident. The written version has been added to the case file and will be part of further investigation into the incident. Nothing more, nothing less,” Dinkar said.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has vowed to take the police investigation to its “logical conclusion”. Members of her coalition partner BJP have demanded an immediate revocation of the FIR filed against the army.