In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, justice continues to elude the family of a 12th class student, Tufail Mattoo, for the last twelve years.
Tufail Mattoo was martyred on this day in 2010 after being hit by a teargas shell fired from very close range by Indian police near Ghani Memorial Stadium in Srinagar when he was returning home from tuition. His killing had triggered massive anti-India demonstrations in the territory and over 125 peaceful protesters were martyred by Indian troops, paramilitary and police personnel in just few months in 2010. Tufail Mattoo’s name is a synonym to the bloody summer of 2010 in IIOJK.
Despite the passage of more than a decade, the family of the martyred student continues to await justice and his killers are still roaming scot-free while bloodbath is going on unabated in the occupied territory.
Political experts and analysts based in Srinagar say that whether it is the killing of Tufail Mattoo or other human rights violations by the occupational troops, India has never been serious to probe any crime in IIOJK and instead of punishing its troops, New Delhi is rewarding them for killing innocent people in the occupied territory.
They say that the killer Indian troops are enjoying impunity under the draconian laws in IIOJK but the Kashmiris will never forget the hot blood of their young martyrs and will continue their just struggle for securing their inalienable right to self-determination till complete success.
Meanwhile, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference leaders have paid rich tributes to Tufail Mattoo on his 12th martyrdom anniversary and all the martyrs of 2010 mass uprising.—KMS