In a big blow to the Mehbooba Mufti-led Jammu-Kashmir government, the army has filed a counter FIR in the Shopian firing. This comes hours after the Northern Commander spoke to the press reiterating Army’s stance that bullets were fired in self-defence. The FIR details that the firing was a defensive action and not an offensive action.
Speaking to mediapersons, Lieutenant General Devraj Anbu, General Officer Commander-in-Chief (GOC-in-C), Northern Command of the Indian Army, when asked about the matter, said:
"I feel it's just the initial step they've done; they've just lodged an FIR. The investigation is yet to commence. I think probably everything will come out-pan out in the investigation. Notwithstanding what the state government has done, we have done our own inquiry. And we're very clear that we have responded when we were provoked to the ultimate. It is in self-defence and protection of the property of the government that has been invested on us. I don't find anything to really fear and in the coming days, the investigation that will prove for itself. We have nothing much to worry on this."
Earlier, Republic TV had accessed an information that said the army convoy was under attack by the stone-pelters and the army fired at the pelters for self defence.
On Sunday, the Jammu-Kashmir police booked Major Aditya and the Army’s 10 Garhwal for murder and attempt to murder for the Shopian firing. The move came after a group of stone pelters attacked an army convoy in Shopian, after which the Army had to resort to retaliatory firing. Two civilians were killed in the firing.