Two youths killed in army firing in Kashmir

Posted January 29, 2018

An FIR has been lodged against Indian Army personnel by the Jammu and Kashmir Police in connection with a firing incident in Shopian district that left two civilians dead and nine injured, officials said.

Separatists leaders, including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik, had called for a Valley-wide shutdown over the killings. Security personnel said the shooting was an act of "self-defence" after the Indian Army's convoys came under attack.

The government has already ordered a magisterial probe into the incident. Train services between Banihal and Baramulla have been suspended, NDTV reported.

As a preventive measure, they have curbed movement of people in the jurisdictions of Srinagar's Safakadal, Khanyar, Nowhatta, Rainawari and MR Gunj police stations.

The restrictions were also enforced in some other sensitive areas of south Kashmir and downtown Srinagar to maintain law and order.

Mobile internet services have been shut down in Shopian, Pulwama, Anantnag and Kulgam districts of south Kashmir while the speed has been reduced to 128 kbps in rest of the Valley.

Sitharaman also assured she would seek a detailed report. While the Army said they fired in self-defence, the villagers said the forces deliberately targeted the youth who were "resisting Army's efforts to remove banners" from the grave of a militant killed in an encounter Wednesday.

The army claims a mob tried to burn its vehicles and lynch an officer, forcing it to shoot.

"An Army administrative convoy was passing through Ganaupura chowk in Shopian when it came under unprovoked and intense stone pelting by a group of 100-120 stone pelters at around 3 pm", the spokesman said.

"Within no time, their number swelled to 200-250 persons", Col Kalia added. The huge mob surrounded an isolated portion of the convoy consisting of four vehicles. The Army retaliated with firing causing injuries to three individuals.