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Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir unit of the BJP on Monday termed the lodging of an FIR against Army personnel over the killing of two youth, allegedly in firing by jawans, in Shopian as "unfortunate and disgusting" asserting that nothing should be done that demoralises the forces.

They said Rayees Ahmad Ganie, who was critically wounded when Army opened fire to disperse stone pelting demonstrators at Ganowpora, Shopian, succumbed in the S K Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) early this morning. In the Shopian case, at least seven jawans, including a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO), were injured by stone pelting crowd.

Two others, 20-year-old Javid Ahmad Bhat and 24-year-old Suhail Javid Lone, died in the firing. As per reports the Chief Minister Mufti, on the floor of the state assembly, even said that she has discussed the issue with Sitharaman, who asked her to go ahead with the FIR in case of "carelessness" by the army.

Meanwhile, authorities have imposed restrictions on the movement of people in Safakadal, Khanyar, Nowhatta, Rainawari and M R Gunj police station areas of the city as a preventive measure to maintain law and order, the officials said.

The J&K police has registered an FIR No 26/2018 PRC under sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder) and 336 (endangering life) against Army's 10 Garhwal Regiment for killing the two youth.

Mehbooba had yesterday asserted in Assembly that probe against army would be taken to the logical conclusion.

The police on Wednesday incorporated the army's version in the FIR in which it said the firing was in self-defence.

Rayees Ahmad had suffered grievous wounds when army troops opened fire on a group of stone pelters at Ganawpora village in Shopian on Saturday. "There can be black sheep in army also". "Dismiss that govt. Tell Mehbooba (Mufti) to withdraw the FIR else her government would be toppled". The written version has been added to the case file and will be part of further investigation into the incident.

On January 27, the army released a statement, saying soldiers fired on protesters in "self-defence" to prevent the lynching of an officer, snatching of weapons by villagers and burning of their vehicles, Hindustan Times reported.

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