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SC stays action in FIR against Army Major Aditya Kumar booked for murder in J&K
The Supreme Court has asked the Jammu & Kashmir police to not take any action against the army officer accused of killing three civilians in Shopian district of Jammu & Kashmir.

Ruling out "coercive action" against Major Aditya Kumar, the court has given both the Centre and the state two weeks to respond to the petition. The petition was filed by the Major's father who has alleged that his son was not even present at the spot where the civilians were killed.  

Major Kumar's father is Kargil War veteran. Kumar's name had appeared in an FIR filed by J&K Police after three people lost their lives during protests last month. The army has defended the action and said that the soldiers opened the fire in an attempt to defend themselves from the protestors. 

In his petition, Kumar's father has claimed that the protesters attacked an army convoy and attempted to lynch an army officer and in retaliation, the soldiers fired warning shots in order to disperse the mob.

 

Kumar's father has also alleged that the FIR is in violation of the fundamental rights of his son and that such FIRs will lower the morale of the army officers posted in Jammu & Kashmir.  

Advocate Aishwarya Bhati, who is representing Kumar's father in the Supreme Court, while speaking to media persons, said that the court has asked the Attorney General to clarify the Centre's stand on the case and the same has been asked to the state government as well and both have been given a time of two weeks to respond. 

Kumar had been booked under charge of murder as two people lost their lives on the spot and a third later succumbed to the injuries. The Chef Minister of Jammu & Kashmir had promised that a probe would be conducted into the killings.  

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