FIR in Shopian killings: Omar cites ‘our track record’, says 47 of 50 requests for prosecution of forces rejected since 2000

National Conference working president Omar Abdullah Friday took a dig at chief minister Mehbooba Mufti’s statement that the FIR against Army in the Shopian civilian killings will be taken to logical conclusion.

“You have assured the people of the state that FIR will be taken to conclusion. It is good. But till now, there has been no action on FIRs (registered against forces in the past),” Omar said in the Legislative Assembly.

He said that since 2000, the state government had forwarded 50 requests to the Government of India to give permission for prosecution of forces, particularly the Army, where “we have seen human right violations”.

“Forty-seven requests were rejected and three are still pending…This is our track record,” the leader of the opposition and former chief minister said.

He demanded the constitution of a high-level special investigation team (SIT) to probe the killings of three people in Army firing in Shopian district last week.

“It will be my humble request to you to constitute high- level special investigation team (SIT) to probe both the FIRs (in Shopian incident). Please give orders to set up a high- level SIT and leave it to them to investigate,” Omar said.

He was speaking on the grants of home, general administration, planning departments moved by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, news agency PTI reported.

Omar said that there was now a “battle” over two separate FIRs filed by the police and the Army, and that it would be difficult for a station house officer (SHO) to probe the matter.

He said that the magisterial probe, ordered by the state government after incident, would continue separately.

The police had lodged an FIR against the Army for murder, attempt to murder, and endangering life or personal safety, after two civilians— Javaid Ahmad and Suhail Lone— were killed in Army firing in Ganowpora village of Shopian district on Saturday.

10 more people had sustained injuries in the firing, one of whom  Rayees Ahmad succumbed at a hospital in Srinagar on Wednesday.

Local residents accused the Army of indiscriminate firing after they resisted attempts to remove banners of slain Hizbul Mujahideen militants.  The Army claims it fired in self-defence.

The Shopian incident became a bone of contention between the state’s ruling alliance partners PDP and BJP.

A BJP legislator demanded on the floor of the House that the FIR against the Army be cancelled.

This was, however, turned down by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who said the FIR would be taken to its logical conclusion.

Omar said that the security situation was getting worse in the state.

He batted strongly for the grant of compensation to Farooq Ahmed Dar, who was tied to an Army gypsy and paraded through nine villages on the day of bypoll to the Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency.

“The Army officer who tied him got award but this youth who voted in elections does not deserve even the compensation?” he wondered.

The former chief minister asked Mehbooba Mufti to advise her counterparts in New Delhi not to take decisions for the state from there and to consult the state leadership.

 

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