Two Killed In Sopore Firing, Omar Orders Magisterial Probe

21 February 2009
The Indian Express

Srinagar: In the first such incident after the Omar Abdullah-led coalition Government came to power in Jammu and Kashmir, Army personnel allegedly opened fire at pilgrims, killing two and injuring one, at Bomai village in Sopore on Saturday. The incident sparked massive protests in Bomai and Sopore as thousands took to the streets. Late evening, the Chief Minister ordered a magisterial inquiry into the firing and set a 15-day deadline for submitting the report. Villagers claimed the firing, on pilgrims returning from the shrine of Sufi saint Sheikh Hamza Makhdoomi in Tujar Sharief village, was unprovoked. “The Army patrol was coming from Tujar Sharief. When they reached the bus stand they suddenly opened fire,” said a villager on telephone. “We are still waiting for details,” said Defence spokesman Col Uma Maheshwar. “Our team has gone there. We can’t say what actually happened there.” Police said Mohammad Amin Tantry (23) of Bomai and Javeed Ahmad Kakroo (24) of Muslimpeer Sopore were killed and another pilgrim injured.