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SC urged to quash FIR against army in Kashmir


IANS
New Delhi
The father of Major Aditya Kumar, named in an FIR by Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir police in civilian killings during a firing incident, on Thursday moved the Supreme Court to quash the case because it will hurt the Army's morale in fighting terrorism in the state.
Major Kumar and other soldiers of 10 Garhwal Rifles have been accused of opening fire and fatally injuring three civilians when a stone-pelting mob attacked an army convoy near Ganowpora village in Shopian district on January 27.
The FIR would hurt the morale of Army personnel in discharging duty, Lt Col Karamveer Singh said in his plea filed through advocate Aishwarya Bhati."The manner in which the lodging of the FIR has been portrayed and projected by the political leadership and administrative higher-ups of the State, reflects the extremely hostile atmosphere in the state.
"In these circumstances, the petitioner is left with no other viable option but to approach this Court under Article 32 of the Constitution of India for protection of valuable Fundamental Rights of his son and himself, enshrined under Article 14 and 21 of the Constitution of India,"the plea said.
It said that Major Kumar was wrongly and arbitrarily named as the incident relates to an Army convoy on bonafide military duty in an area under the AFSPA, which was isolated by an"unruly and deranged"stone-pelting mob. The intention of the Major was to save Army personnel and property and the fire was inflicted only to impair and provide a safe escape.

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