Justice eluding family of elderly man killed by troops

Srinagar

In occupied Kashmir, despite passing of a year since 76-year-old Ghulam Muhammad Khan was killed by a teargas fired by Indian troops at Elahi Bagh in Srinagar, the police admitted they are yet to get details of the CRPF troops who were on duty at the time of incident.
A communiqué of Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Kulbir Singh, addressed to Indian Home department says that an FIR was registered in police station Soura and during investigation, the Investigation Officer, completed the basic legal/medico formalities.
It says that on 17-11-2016 the injured succumbed to the injuries and offence under section 302 was added in the case. During investigation of case SHO Police Station, Soura, has taken up the matter with commandant 47 battalion, 115 battalion CRPF camp office Zakura and 82 battalion CRPF Hafiz Bagh for providing details regarding in and out vehicle Nafri of their concerned units on the said date, it says. However, it adds, the requisite details are awaited and the investigation of the case is going on.
It is to mention here that Fayaz Ahmad Khan, a resident of Housing Colony Ellahi Bagh, in an FIR lodged in Soura police station on November 2, 2016 stated that his father Ghulam Muhammad Khan was sitting in the park adjacent to their house, where some youth of the locality were also playing carom. He maintained in the complaint that in the meantime, a vehicle of Indian forces reached the spot and its troops fired tear gas shells towards the park, resulting in injury to his father. The complaint says that later on the locals took Ghulam Muhammad Khan to Soura Institute of Medical Sciences Soura, Srinagar, for medical treatment. Khan died on November 17 at the hospital due to injuries caused by a teargas canister that hit his head, it adds.
Fayaz Ahmed Khan has been running from pillar to post to seek justice for his father. He said that the police have filed an FIR but they are yet to bring the culprits to book. “My father was not a stone thrower or a protester.
He was an aged man who was murdered by the forces’ personnel in cold blood. Despite knowing all the facts, the police have not taken any action against the forces’ personnel involved in his killing,” Fayaz said.—KMS

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