Shopian killings were 'need of the hour' to prevent chaos: BJP MLA

Youth killed in Army firing

Youth killed in Army firing

Protesters throw stones at security forces in Srinagar on Sunday during a protest against the alleged killing of two youths in army firing in Shopian district of south Kashmir. The case was registered under sections 302 (murder) and 307 (attempt to murder). "Consi-dering the extreme gravity of the situation, the army was constrained to open fire in self-defence", Col Kalia said.

"A total of seven Army men suffered injuries while extensive damage was caused to eleven vehicles".

An FIR has been registered against the Army, Shopian Senior Superintendent of Police Shriram Ambarkar told the local daily.

Separately, the Kashmir government also ordered a magisterial probe to be completed within 15 days.

Khan said that Deputy Commissioner (DC) Shopian, Muhammad Aijaz has been appointed as the inquiry officer to ascertain the facts about the deaths.

Vakil while condemning the killings said the blood of Kashmiris has become so cheap that it is being spilt on daily basis and without justification.

He said Mehbooba has conveyed her sympathies to the families of the dead and the injured.

The life in other parts of the Valley was crippled by shutdown called by separatist leaders against civilian killings. Another youth, who sustained bullet injuries, is struggling for his life at the Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences in Srinagar.

The statement further added that a junior commissioned officer accompanying the convoy got hit and fell unconscious.

He claimed that the locals tried to "snatch weapons from army jawans" and they "took the preventive measure".

Vakil also expressed concern and condemned the civilian killings on LoC as well and said that skirmishes between India and Pakistan have become a routine now and needs to be resolved once for all. In this backdrop, the authorities imposed restrictions in old parts of Srinagar city, suspended rail sevices between Baramulla and Banihal and asked the cellular companies to reduce the internet speed.

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