People Express Anguish Over FIR Against Major Aditya For Shopian Firing Incident

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11:32 am 31 Jan, 2018


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.

FIR against Major Aditya. IBNLive

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.

Mehbooba Mufti. TheIndianExpress


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.

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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.

Representational image. IBNLive

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:




Media house TimesNow initiates a petition in Army Major’s support:


Could that be?


There is a lot of resentment against chief minister Mehbooba Mufti:



Calling for intervention by the Home Ministry:







Some real strong reactions:











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!

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