Recording of statements in Shopian case to begin today

Nellie Chapman
January 30, 2018

Subramanian Swamy on Tuesday came down heavily on the Mehbooba Mufti government in Jammu and Kashmir for pursuing a criminal case against some Army personnel in connection with the death of two civilians in Shopian firing recently. The statements can be recorded in the office of District Magistrate, Shopian, the spokesperson added. "Dismiss that govt. Tell Mehbooba (Mufti) to withdraw the FIR else her government would be toppled". Attributing the stone pelting in Shopian to a conspiracy by Pakistan after the Army foiled all its attempts to push militants into the state, he said that whatever Army did was the need of the hour otherwise hundreds of innocent lives would have been lost.

"The FIR registered against the Army personnel should be withdrawn".

Gupta rued that none of the Kashmiri leaders appealed against the obstruction of security operations to save the valley from destruction, he said.

Swamy also questioned the Narendra Modi government on the continuation of the BJP's alliance with the PDP in J&K.

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The murder charges have been slapped on the Indian army by the Jammu and Kashmir administration that has come under enormous fire for not being able to stop civilian casualties in encounters between the security forces and insurgent groups seeking freedom of Kashmir from India. It is confusing that the BJP is demanding revocation of the FIR, they said.

A BJP legislator also demanded the withdrawal of the FIR saying a magisterial probe was already ordered.

International Border (IB) which left 14 persons including seven civilians dead and over 70 others injured.

At a press conference at the police headquarters on Monday, the DGP said it was a matter of investigation as to what circumstances led to the incident. Invoking former Prime Minister A B Vajpayee's "Insaniyat, Kashmiriyat and jamhooriyat" comment, he said it was like a commandment for the party.

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