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JAMMU: Elated over the observations of Supreme Court in the case involving armed forces in Shopian firing incident and subsequent directions to Jammu and Kashmir Police, restraining it from any coercive action against the Army, cross section of people are wondering whether Director General Police Dr S P Vaid is feeling embarrassed. If any army officer was not named in the FIR, as mentioned by the police chief, why should have the apex court taken cognizance of the father of Major Aditya, issued notices, passed interim directions and listed the case after over two weeks? This is how the people take entire episode, enacted at the behest of political class. In the process, the bonafide role of the police in maintaining law and order has come under scanner. The people feel police to see writing on the wall and gracefully withdraw the FIR against Major Aditya and his men.
Surinder Kumar Kotwal, Ex-serviceman from Bhadarwah said that registering FIR against armed forces is unfortunate.
“The decision of lodging an FIR in Shopian incident is wrong as army has immunity on account of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and it had to open fire under compelling circumstances viz. self-defence”, he observed.
Kotwal said that registration of FIRs against the army will demoralise security forces and render their sacrifices as irrelevant. “I strongly condemn this move against our gallant forces and also the misleading statement given by State Police chief, claiming that no officer has been named in aforesaid FIR”, he said adding the army is doing yeoman’s service and deserves applaud and not such kind of treatment.
Himanshu Gupta, State Joint Secretary Hindustan Shiv Sena, strongly condemned the misleading statement given by the DGP Dr S.P Vaid regarding FIR against army in Shopian case. He said Vaid being the Chief of State Police Department should have confirmed facts before giving such type of statement. He said the Centre should also take serious note of Vaid’s statement.
Narinder Singh, President District Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee, Poonch criticised the Police Department for registering cases against the security forces. He asked, “Why didn’t police book the stone-pelters who were the main culprits behind the aforesaid incident?” He said on one hand the State Government has started giving amnesty to the stone pelters and on the other hand cases related to stone-pelting on security forces in Kashmir Valley are rising alarmingly. He asked DGP to direct his officers and officials to take stern action against stone-pelters. He however, expressed concern over the wrong statement made by the DGP in FIR lodged against army. “Such kind of approach by the chief of police can undermine the image of state police”, he added.
Zorawar Singh, Secretary JKNPP, said in foreign countries whenever the security forces are seen in the public places like railway station and civil airport the general public always give them a standing ovation as a mark of respect but in Jammu and Kashmir, our security forces have always being targeted by the State Government by making false allegations and registering FIRs.
“I strongly condemn the registration of an FIR against Major Aditya,” he said, adding that it is clear that Police Department has registered the FIR under political pressure as the whole nation is standing with Major Aditya, demanding immediate withdrawal of aforesaid FIR.
Rajinder Singh, General Secretary District Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee, Poonch, said the Police Department must be feeling embarrassed after the Supreme Court directions restraining the Jammu and Kashmir Police from taking any coercive steps against the army officers, including Major Aditya, who had been made an accused in the Shopian firing case in which three stone-pelters were killed.
He said Major Aditya was wrongly and arbitrarily named in the FIR as the incident relates to an army convoy that was on bonafide military duty in an area under the AFSPA and was attacked by an unruly and deranged mob, pelting stones causing damage to military vehicles.
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