Supreme Court extends protection granted to Army Major in Shopian firing case

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The Supreme Court on Monday extended protection granted to Major Aditya till August 21 in the Shopian firing incident case, reported Zee News.

According to Sources, The development came while hearing a petition filed by the Major’s father, Lieutenant Colonel Karamveer Singh.

The top court had earlier this month, said that the final call on whether an FIR can be filed against an Army personnel without the consent of the Centre or not would be taken by the court itself.

The SC made the observation after the Jammu and Kashmir government pushed for investigation in the case against Major Aditya and said it will decide if the Major’s father’s petition to quash the FIR is maintainable or not.

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The apex court is hearing the plea Karamveer Singh, seeking to quash the FIR against his son. Singh had said in his petition that his son, a major in 10 Garhwal Rifles, was “wrongly and arbitrarily” named in the FIR. 

According to Army , “The mob tried to lynch the individual and snatch his weapon. The violent crowd further closed in towards the vehicles and attempted to set them on fire.”

It said a junior commissioned officer accompanying the convoy got hit on the head and fell unconscious suffering serious injury.

“The mob tried to lynch the individual and snatch his weapon. The violent crowd further closed in towards the vehicles and attempted to set them on fire.”

“Considering the extreme gravity of the situation the army was constrained to open fire in self defence to prevent lynching of the JCO and burning of Government vehicle by the mob.”

The statement said that seven army men suffered injuries and extensive damage was caused to eleven vehicles. “In the process two civilians succumbed to the bullet injuries,” it added.

Three civilians were killed when Army personnel fired at a stone-pelting mob in Ganovpora village of Shopian on January 27 this year, prompting the chief minister to order an inquiry into the incident.

The FIR was registered against personnel of 10 Garhwal Rifles under sections 302 (murder) and 307 (attempt to murder) of the Ranbir Penal Code (the penal code applicable in Jammu and Kashmir). Later, J&K govt told the court that Major Aditya was not named as an accused in the FIR.