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No coercive action against Army Major accused of civilian killing: SC

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The on Monday said that no coercive action will be taken against Aditya Kumar, accused of allegedly killing three civilians in firing to disperse a stone pelting mob in district of

Police registered an FIR against

Directing that no coercive action would be taken against the in pursuance to the FIR, a bench of Dipak Misra, Justice and Justice

sought the response from the Centre and the in the state.

The father of the accused Major, Karamveer Singh, had petitioned seeking quashing of the FIR.

The father contended that registration of FIR and the consequent proceedings would adversely impact the morale of the armed forces fighting militancy in the trouble-torn state.

The court asked for a copy of the petition to be served on the office of the

Mukul Rohatgi, who appeared for the petitioner, urged the court to stay the FIR.

and other soldiers of the 10 were accused of opening fire on a stone-pelting mob which had attacked an administrative convoy near Ganowpora village in district on January 27.

The firing resulted in the death of three persons.

"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," the petition said.

"In these circumstances, the petitioner is left with no other viable option but to approach this Court under Article 32 of the Constitution of 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 was wrongly and arbitrarily named as the incident relates to an convoy on bonafide military duty in an area under AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Powers Act), which was isolated by an "unruly and deranged" stone-pelting mob.

The intention of the was to save personnel and property, and the fire was inflicted only to impair and provide a safe escape.

"The unruly mob was requested to disperse and not to obstruct military persons in the performance of their duties and not to damage government property..."

The unruly behaviour of the unlawful assembly reached its peak when they got hold of a and was in the process of lynching him.

"It was at this moment that warning shots were fired... which as per the said terms of engagement is the last resort to be taken...," the plea said.

It also sought directions to issue guidelines to protect the rights of soldiers and adequate compensation.



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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 14:10 IST