BJP demands withdrawal of FIR against army in Jammu and Kashmir

"It is unfortunate that FIR has been lodged against army unit and Major and no FIR has been registered against stone pelters", Gupta said.

In response, on Sunday, the Army filed a counter FIR against unknown persons, stating that it opened fire in self-defence and that the police should identify the stone-pelters.

Mufti made the assertion while defending the police action, saying a "black sheep can be anywhere", amid an uproar in the State Assembly over the firing and a demand by BJP MLA R S Pathania for immediate withdrawal of the FIR.

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Despite opposition by the BJP members and leaders, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti refused to withdraw FIR and announced to take the case to its logical conclusion. As per reports the Chief Minister Mufti, on the floor of the state assembly, even said that she has discussed the issue with Sitharaman, who asked her to go ahead with the FIR in case of "carelessness" by the army.

The Indian Army in its statement claimed that the forces had to open fire in self-defence to prevent lynching of a junior commissioned officer by a mob. A Major, who led the Army personnel at the time of the incident, was also mentioned in the FIR.

Local residents accused the Army of indiscriminate firing after they resisted attempts to remove banners of slain Hizbul Mujahideen militants.

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Meanwhile, authorities have imposed restrictions on the movement of people in Safakadal, Khanyar, Nowhatta, Rainawari and M R Gunj police station areas of the city as a preventive measure to maintain law and order, the officials said.

A youth who was critically injured in the Army firing on a mob at Ganowpora in Shopian on January 27 succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday, the third fatality in the incident.

"They have just lodged an FIR and the investigation is yet to commence". SP Vaid, J&K DGP, said that the Army's version would also be considered during the probe. "Nothing more, nothing less", Dinkar said. Within in no time their numbers swelled to 200-250. "The mob tried to lynch the individual and snatch his weapon". Seven Army men were injured and extensive damage was caused to 11 vehicles.

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