Two Stone-Pelters Killed in Army Firing in Kashmir's Shopian

Geelani pays tributes

Two Stone-Pelters Killed in Army Firing in Kashmir's Shopian

The army said the number of protesters "swelled to 200-250", and they "caused extensive damage" to vehicles in an isolated part of the convoy.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister� Mehbooba Mufti today spoke to Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and expressed anguish over the death of two civilians in an Army firing in Shopian district in the state.

The Indian Army in its statement claimed that the forces had to open fire in self-defence to prevent lynching of a junior commissioned officer by a mob. A JCO accompanying the convoy got hit on the head and fell unconscious suffering serious injury.

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They said that the decision was taken in view of the killings of two civilians in Shopian district at the hands of government forces earlier in the day. The slain terrorists were later identified as locals.

"Considering the extreme gravity of the situation the army was constrained to open fire in self defence", Defence Ministry spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia said.

Divisional commissioner-Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan confirmed that deputy commissioner Shopian has been asked to probe the incident. It also released photographs of two damaged vehicles.

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The service was snapped on Wednesday evening following a gunfight at Chaigund hamlet of Shopian that left two militants and a civilian dead.

"Complete restrictions will be imposed within the territorial jurisdictions of Nowhatta, Rainawari, Khanyar, Safakadal and MR Gunj police stations and partial restrictions within those of Maisuma and Kralkhud", an official statement said. Seven army men including a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) were injured in the incident of the stone-pelting. The Army personnel retaliated by firing, in which three persons were injured.

The Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik has called for a shutdown in Kashmir on Sunday against the killings.

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