The Jammu and Kashmir Police have filed an FIR for murder and attempt to murder against Major Aditya of Garhwal Rifles for allegedly killing two Kashmiri civilians and causing injuries to eight others in firing at Ganowpora village in Shopian district on January 27. The complaint was filed by the police at the behest of the ruling BJP-PDP alliance government.
On January 27, the Army opened fire on protesters in the south Kashmiri district of Shopian which left two people killed and several others injured. The deceased youth have been identified as Javid Bhat and Sohul Bhat.
According to Shopian senior superintendent of police, Sri Ram Ambarkar, the Army convoy was pelted with stones in the Ganowpora area. In retaliation, the soldiers opened fire which led to a few youth being injured and two killed.
Following the incident, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti conveyed her condolences to the family of deceased and directed the district administration to conduct an inquiry into the incident.
A magisterial inquiry was ordered by the district administration and a probe report following the inquiry is to be submitted within 20 days.
The chief minister also called up Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to express agony over the death of civilians. The Defense Minister has assured Mehbooba Mufti that she would seek an elaborate report on the incident and ensure that it is not repeated.
On the other hand, the Army has said that it was compelled to open fire in self defense as it came “under unprovoked and intense stone pelting”. The group of people pelting stones initially had over 100 people and the number rose to about 250 in no time. The incident took place when a Army administrative convoy was passing through Ganowpora chowk in Shopian around 3pm on January 27.
According to the Army, the situation had become extreme and therefore, its personnel were forced to open fire in “self defence to prevent lynching of the JCO and burning of government vehicle by the mob”. The whole episode resulted in huge damage to eleven vehicles of the Army and injuries to seven of its soldiers.
In fact, News18 has reported that Army sources have claimed that Major Aditya was not even present at the site of the incident and was about 200 meters away from the spot.
Meanwhile, there is a lot of anguish in media and social media users over the FIR registered against the Major Aditya. People have expressed their resentment against the administration and strongly stood up in Major’s support. Take a look at some Twitter reactions below:
Major Surendra Poonia stands up for Major Aditya:
#StonePelters can kill soldiers, burn property,killed DSP Ayub, Stopped Ambulance of Major Dahiya n he died there & Govt gave AMNESTY to 3685 stone pelting TERRORISTS🤔
Now FIR against Major Aditya as he saved his troops from these ISI Paid clown..WTH#IndiaWithMajorAditya @adgpi
— Maj Surendra Poonia (@MajorPoonia) January 30, 2018
I am challenging “Owners” of J&K Govt/lawmakers, HR activists, supporters and sympathizers of ISI Paid Stone Pelting terrorists to sit in this vehicle for just 10 mins !
Rest will be history..
I stand with Major Aditya,do U ?@MehboobaMufti @adgpi #IndiaWithMajorAditya pic.twitter.com/I1OmWBHDsA
— Maj Surendra Poonia (@MajorPoonia) January 30, 2018
Media house TimesNow initiates a petition in Army Major’s support:
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) January 30, 2018
Could that be?
Jammu’s BJP MLAs Rajesh Sharma and Ravindra Raina demand that the FIR against the Indian army major be quashed and stone pelters be punished, as usual their demands fall on deaf ears as the CM’s loyalties lie with pro-Pakistan separatists.#IndiaWithMajorAditya
— Sonam Mahajan (@AsYouNotWish) January 30, 2018
There is a lot of resentment against chief minister Mehbooba Mufti:
@MehboobaMufti If you are INCOMPETENT to differentiate between protector & attacker; self defence & aggression, QUIT. Let JUNGLE LAW apply. Whoever is stronger survives. DON’T need extra duplicate terrorists. #UniteForTiranga#IndiaWithMajorAditya#IndiaWithArmy#StandWithArmy
— Bharti Singh (@BhartiS27010893) January 30, 2018
Calling for intervention by the Home Ministry:
— Tajinder P Singh Bagga (@TajinderBagga) January 30, 2018
If HMO can approved amnesty relief to 3,685 Stone Pelters then Why not interfering to revoke FIR against Major Aditya. Radicals are Pelting Stones, Petrol Bombs, Molotov cocktails, Acid Bottles against our Soldiers. Every Soldier has right to Self-Defence. #IndiaWithMajorAditya.
— Anshul Saxena (@AskAnshul) January 30, 2018
I oppose the filing of FIR against Major Aditya by Jammu & Kashmir Government. Our Soldiers can’t be expected to sacrifice their lives to Stone Pelters. I request @HMOIndia to kindly look into this matter & ensure that the Army is kept out of Politics. #IndiaWithMajorAditya
— C.T.Ravi (@CTRavi_BJP) January 30, 2018
Some real strong reactions:
#IndiaWithMajorAditya Join the Campaign @TimesNow asking J&K CM to withdraw FIR. Action was in Self Defence. Major Aditya was not even present at site as he was in a diff vehicle that had broken away from ones Gheraoed. Entire regiment blamed but none of Pelters named. Why?
— Anand Narasimhan (@AnchorAnandN) January 30, 2018
If an FIR is filed against an army personnel for saving his and his colleagues’ lives from the stone pelters of Kashmir, what right we have to expect them to save our lives, our properties and our country from enemies?@nsitharaman @MehboobaMufti#IndiaWithMajorAditya
— Rita (@RitaG74) January 30, 2018
As a descendant of #IndianArmy🇮🇳 family, I oppose the filing of FIR against Major Aditya by J&K Govt.✋
Our Soldiers can’t be expected to sacrifice their lives to stone pelters. I request @HMOIndia to intervene & order to revoke FIR against #MajorAditya.🙏#IndiaWithMajorAditya
— Mujaid Alam Bakerwal (@alam_mujaid) January 30, 2018
Self Defense is our inalienable Natural Right and no one can deprive us of it or prosecute us for exercising it. Our Soldiers of the #IndianArmy fired in self defense. It’s their Right.#FIR against them must be Quashed.#IndiaWithMajorAditya#IndiaWithArmy
p.s. Makes Sense👇 pic.twitter.com/jCAWsRTeHK
— Jagrati Shukla (@JagratiShukla29) January 30, 2018
What’s the use of spending hundreds of crores of money on modernisation and new equipments for Army, when they aren’t even allowed to use them for self defense ?
— Ashima 🇮🇳 (@AshiQuotes) January 30, 2018
Do you think the above arguments and demands by people are justified. Do you think FIR against Major Aditya should be withdrawn? Share your views with us in the comments!