Shopian killings reach Supreme Court, plea to quash FIR admitted



The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear the plea of the father of an Army officer on Monday, who was booked as an accused by Jammu and Kashmir Police in the recent Shopian firing incident, reports claimed.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud considered advocate Aishwarya Bhati’s submission that the plea of the father is heard on an urgent basis, The Tribune reported.

The lawyer said the FIR had illegally been lodged against Major Aditya Kumar in connection with the firing incident.

“We will hear it on Monday,” the bench said

Lieutenant Colonel Karamveer Singh said his son, a major in 10 Garhwal Rifles, was “wrongly and arbitrarily” named in the FIR as the incident related to an Army convoy that was on bona fide military duty in an area under the AFSPA and was isolated by an “unruly and deranged” mob pelting stones, causing damage to military vehicles.

Two civilians were killed when Army personnel fired at a stone-pelting mob at Ganawpora village in Shopian, prompting the Chief Minister to order an inquiry into the incident, reported The Tribune.

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