J&K: Army files counter FIR in Shopian incident, says it only opened fire in face of ‘ultimate provocation’The Indian Army on Wednesday filed a counter FIR in the Shopian incident in which three civilians were killed in army firing on January 27.Rayees Ahmad, a civilian of Jammu and Kashmir, who was injured in firing by the army in Shopian on January 27, succumbed to his injuries at Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) on Wednesday.With this, the death toll in the firing has risen to three.Earlier on January 27, two civilians died and several others were injured in a firing after an army patrol party came under heavy stone pelting from a mob in Shopian’s Ganowpora village.Also readJ&K | Angry crowd wanted to ‘burn injured JCO officer’, fired in self-defence: Indian Army sources Following the incident, tension in the Kashmir valley escalated.The incident came days after two terrorists were killed in an encounter in Dairoo’s Chaigund area in Shopian on January 24.Also readSubramanian Swamy blasts Mehbooba Mufti for filing FIR against Army, asks BJP to break allianceNorthern Army Commander Lieutenant General Devraj Anbu on Wednesday said that the army opened fire into a crowd in Shopian in the face of the ‘ultimate provocation’ by a stone-pelting crowd.Calling the FIR against the army, which is registered by the Jammu and Kashmir Police as “unfortunate”, Lt. Gen Anbu called it said that there should have been generic FIR in the matter.Also readFiled FIR against Army after consulting Nirmala Sitharaman: Mehbooba Mufti ‘That is an unfortunate thing, in such a case a generic FIR should have been filed. I think they have prematurely put the name of an individual, I am sure when they investigate truth will come out. Notwithstanding what the state government did, we had our own inquiry and are clear that we responded when we were provoked to the ultimate,’ he added.The army opened fire after it came under heavy stone pelting from a mob in the village.Following the outrage over civilian killings, the state police registered case against the army while the divisional administration ordered a magisterial probe into the incident.With inputs from ANI

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J&K: Army files counter FIR in Shopian incident, says it only opened fire in face of ‘ultimate provocation’