Shopian killings: SC stays criminal proceedings against accused Army major

Shopian killings: SC stays criminal proceedings against accused Army major

In the petition, the Army officer's father had said that the FIR registered by the police had no legal basis and his son was falsely accused by the state police.

The Supreme Court today stayed the FIR against an Army officer who was booked as an accused by the Jammu and Kashmir Police in the recent Shopian firing incident in which three civilians were killed.

The Jammu-Kashmir Police had lodged an FIR under Section 302 (murder charge) against the Army personnel of the unit and include a Major rank officer. However, the Army had tried to clarify that the soldiers had only opened fire because they had been trapped by 200 hundred stone pelters, and had reacted in desperation.

Earlier, The Indian Express had reported that the court has put a stay on the FIR. "Neither the state nor the Jammu and Kashmir Police can now initiate action against the Major for what he did in line of duty". Now, the police won't be able to interrogate Aditya, neither can he be arrested based on the FIR that had been filed against him during the Shopian incident.

Advocate Aishwarya Bhati, who filed the petition on behalf of Lieutenant Colonel Karamveer Singh, father of the Army personnel, told mediapersons, "The Supreme Court has issued a notice to the Centre and Jammu and Kashmir government while we have been asked to submit a copy of the petition to the office of Attorney General of India (AGI)".


The intention of the Major was to save Army personnel and property, and the fire was inflicted only to impair and provide a safe escape.

The father contended that registration of FIR and the consequent proceedings would adversely impact the morale of the armed forces fighting militancy in the trouble-torn state.

The petitioner also sought directions to issue guidelines to protect the rights of soldiers and for adequate compensation, so that no Army personnel is harassed by the initiation of criminal proceedings for bonafide action in the exercise of their duties.

Two youth were killed and nine others injured allegedly in Army firing at Ganovpora in Shopian when a stone-pelting mob targeted a convoy. The Mehbooba Mufti-led state government had also ordered a magisterial probe into the incident.

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