‘Kashmir Boy Died Of Bullet Injury’18 June 2010
The Hindustan Times
Srinagar: The post-mortem report has confirmed that Srinagar boy Tufail Ahmad Matoo (17) was killed last Friday in police firing. A copy of the report is with Hindustan Times though it has not been made public. The police had denied any role in his killing. Sources said an officer of the rank of deputy superintendent had ordered the firing. The post-mortem report says there was a fatal injury in the head and rules out trauma or any other external bruise as the cause of Tufail’s death. This is the third incident of a young boy getting killed by the police this year in Srinagar. After Wamiq Farooq and Zahid Farooq (not related), it is now Tufail who has died at the hands of the security forces. Wamiq, a teenager from Srinagar, died on January 31 after a teargas shell fired by the police hit him in the head. In about a week, the police felled Zahid in an apparent case of mistake. The killing of Tufail triggered violent clashes in the city followed by a clampdown for three consecutive days by the state authorities. Immediately after the incident, the police said: “As per the medical examination of the wound of the victim, the case appears to be of a murder. The police are on the lookout of the two persons who dropped the deceased at the SMHS Hospital in a Maruti car and disappeared from the scene.” Protests were held on Friday outside mosques in several localities after the Friday prayers on the call of All Parties Hurriyat Chairman Sayeed Ali Shah Geelani. Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chief Yasin Malik courted arrest along with dozens of his supporters protesting against “systematic killings of the new generation of Kashmir by the security forces”.