The Army says the firing was in "self-defence" when its convoy came under "unprovoked and intense stone pelting" by a mob.
The Mehbooba Mufti government has registered murder charges against an army unit led by a major, mentioning both unit and officer by name in an unusual move, after troops fired on stone-throwers and killed two men on Saturday. Mobile Internet services have been suspended in Anantnag, Kulgam, Pulwama and Shopian districts; speed has been reduced to 128kbps in rest of Kashmir. As a preventive measure, they have curbed movement of people in the jurisdictions of Srinagar's Safakadal, Khanyar, Nowhatta, Rainawari and MR Gunj police stations. As per reports, in the FIR filed by J&K Police against the Indian Army, they have charged its 10th Garhwal unit with murder, attempt to murder and endangering life.
The deputy police commissioner of Shopian has been asked to probe the incident and submit a report within 20 days. Later, security restrictions were also imposed by the authorities in several parts of Kashmir. "They tried to set the vehicle on fire", read the statement.
Kalia added, "A junior commissioned officer (JCO) accompanying the convoy got hit on his head and fell unconscious". The mob tried to lynch the individual and snatch his weapon. The violent crowd set the army vehicles on fire. "Considering the extreme gravity of the situation the army was constrained to open fire in self defence".
"It was a conspiracy of Pakistanis and separatists to target the army vehicles in Shopian yesterday and around 200 goons, criminals, anti-nationals targeted one of the vehicles and injured seven army jawans", Raina said. It also released photographs of two damaged vehicles.