Srinagar: Families of three youth, killed in an “encounter” at Lawaypora area of Srinagar last week, along with some local activists and people staged a protest demonstration in Press Enclave Srinagar on Monday, demanding a fair investigation and return of bodies of the “innocent” trio.
“We want justice. We are oppressed. Our son was innocent. Return his body,” said a family member of one of the slain youth during the protest held despite the snowfall.
“They have snatched everything from me. Now nothing is left with me. Kill me also in encounter and bury me along with them,” Mushtaq Ahmad Wani, father of the 16 year old youth Athar Mushtaq Wani who was among the three killed last week.
“You (soldiers) will get more rewards and you would be applauded by your mother and sisters as brave sons,” Mushtaq said as protesters comprising of social activists and some people besides the families, shouted slogans in demand for justice.
Three youth, 24 year old Ajaz Maqbool Ganai from Putrigam Pulwama, 22 year old Zubair Ahmad Lone from Turkawangam Shopian and Athar Muhstaq Wani from Bellow Pulwama, were killed on December 31 at Lawaypora Srinagar. Police have claimed that the trio were militants despite no case registered against them even as families have consistently rejected the claim.
“Bodies are properties of families as clearly elucidated in international and human rights laws. Why are you afraid of handing over dead bodies,” Angad Singh, a social activist from south Kashmir, told reporters.
“See, an Indian army soldier is not an angel, he can also make mistakes. We have seen what happened with three youth from Rajouri in (Amshipora) Shopian. You are media men, please tell me wasn’t it exposed later,” he said.
He said that how can teenager Athar who had no case registered against him with police during a short life span of 16 years become a “hardcore over ground worker” within an hour and a half. “If there is any democracy, they have to answer. They can give tag of OGW to anyone. Prove the allegations,” the local activist said.
“I am not a politician. I’m a human being and I came in support of these families,” he said.
“They (police) now say that Athar’s cousin was killed four years ago being a member of some armed group. How can it be justified to link Athar with him,” he said, adding, “Tell me how many former MLAs are in Kashmir whose brother, father or cousins were militants. “If this is any justification, kill them also.” He said there are only two demands, one being investigate the case and handover the bodies. (GNS)
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