Amid raging debate over FIR against Army personnel following the stone pelting incident at Shopian, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Wednesday questioned Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's silence over the matter.
Swamy had yesterday lashed out at the Mehbooba Mufti-led government in Jammu and Kashmir over the FIR against Army pesonnel. Swamy had said that Mehboob Mufti should withdraw the FIR "or else her government would be toppled."
"You see according to media reports and social media Jammu and Kashmir CM at the floor of the House said, 'I had brought the Shopian army firing issue to notice of the Defence Minister and she said that if you feel that a crime has been committed, go ahead and take an action'," Swamy told ANI
"Wondering why even today Defence minister has not given a clarification. Do we take her silence to mean yes. If it is, then it's totally against party policies, sentiments of Indians and patriotism. If she doesn't give a clarification by 2 February I will ask it in the House," he added.
Meanwhile, a youth, who was injured in Army firing during demonstrations on January 27 in Shopian, died in a hospital on Wednesday, taking total number of civilians killed to three.
Earlier, two youth Javed Ahmad Bhat (20) of Balpora and Suhail Javed Lone (24) of Rawalpora Shopian died while several others were injured in army firing at Ganapora area of Shopian.
Following the incident, an FIR was registered against two Army officers by the Jammu and Kashmir Police. The FIR was lodged under sections 302 (murder) and 307 (attempt to murder) of the Ranbir Penal Code against the personnel of 10, Garhwal unit, of the Army. An Army Major, who led the Army personnel at the time of the incident, was also named in the FIR.
The BJP strongly protested the FIR, even as its coalition partner in Jammu and Kashmir, the People's Democratic Party (PDP), asserted that the FIR will be taken to a "logical conclusion".
PDP chief and J&K chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said she did not believe the FIR would have a demoralising effect on the Army.