Indian Army personnel booked by J&K police for deaths in Shopian firing

An Indian paramilitary trooper stands guard in Srinagar

An Indian paramilitary trooper stands guard in Srinagar

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.

Two of the injured, identified as Javaid Ahmad Bhat and Suhail Javid Lone, died, the police officials said. One youth is in critical condition in a Srinagar hospital. Like in previous tense situations, the issue of the controversial killings in the volatile border state looks set to snowball into a bigger crisis.

The district administration has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident, and the officer has 20 days to submit a report.

"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. The crowd surrounded an isolated portion of the convoy consisting of four vehicles.

He claimed that the locals tried to "snatch weapons from army jawans" and they "took the preventive measure".

The Army said that seven jawans were injured whereas eleven vehicles suffered damage in the mob attack.

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Meanwhile, SSP Shopian Shriram Ambarkar said they have registered an FIR against the army.

Mufti has conveyed her sympathies with the bereaved families at a time when outrage is pouring over the killings.

The incident has evoked anger throughout the Kashmir Valley where a shutdown was observed on Sunday to mourn and protest the killings.

Former chief Minister Omar Abdullah said on Twitter, 'Violence in Kabul is tragic.

Former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah termed the deaths of two civilian "terrible" for the state adding that it had cast its 'ugly shadow far too often already'.

"The loss of precious lives can not by replaced by anything", a party spokesman said.

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