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Shopian firing: Injured youth succumbs to injuries, civilian death toll rises to 3

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    A youth, who was injured in Army firing during demonstrations on January 27 in Shopian, died in a hospital on Wednesday, according to ANI.

    File photo of stone pelters

    Rayees Ahmad Ganie son of Mohd Yousf Ganie (19) of Narpora, Shopian succumbed to injuries today wee hours after battling for life for about last five days at here at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura.

    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 J&K, the People's Democratic Party (PDP), asserted that the FIR will be taken to a "logical conclusion".

    State BJP spokesperson Virender Gupta in a statement termed as "unfortunate and disgusting", the lodging of the FIR against the army when no FIR was lodged or enquiry ordered against the stone pelters. He said nothing should be done that demoralises the forces.

    PDP chief and J&K chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said she did not believe the FIR would have a demoralising effect on the Army.

    "I do not accept that the Army gets demoralised by such actions. The Army is an institution and has done a wonderful job. But a black sheep can be anywhere ... Among judges there can be black sheep, but we can't paint everyone with the same brush," Mufti said.

    The incident rocked Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly and Council, where opposition clashed with Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) members, who were justifying the firing on demonstrators.

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