Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Wednesday filed an FIR against the Indian Army unit stationed in Baramulla over the killing of a youth, allegedly in police firing.
25-year-old Tahir Ahmad Sofi was among the protestors demonstrating against the hanging of terrorist Afzal Guru and the suicide of a youth in Pulwama when they were allegedly fired upon by the Army.
A report has quoted a police official that the FIR was registered on the directions of District Magistrate of Baramulla.
However, the Army has completely dismissed the suggestion that its men were responsible for the killing of the youth and has ordered a time-bound Court of Inquiry (CoI) into the firing incident.
In a statement, the Army said the death of the youth "could not have been caused due to the firing by the Army personnel as extreme caution was exercised by them and the fire was deliberately aimed in the air".
As per the Army, a foot patrol unit was attacked by a mob, creating a life-threatening situation for the personnel, forcing them to fire in the air.
The Army spokesman said there were intelligence inputs with regard to the plans by terrorists to entangle Army personnel, particularly in Baramulla, in a protest and to attack the Army taking shield of the crowd with a view to trigger large-scale violence.
Meanwhile, situation remains tense across the valley even as curfew has been imposed in 10 police station limits spread across Srinagar, Baramulla and Sopore.
The youth’s killing has once again ignited the debate over the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). Senior Congress leader Saifuddin Soz has written to the Centre demanding withdrawal of AFSPA from J&K.