Killing of class 7 student: Family expects no justice, locals demand killers be brought to book
Srinagar: A day after a class 7 student was killed by government forces in Mandigam village in North Kashmir’s Langate area of Kupwara district, locals have sought stern action against the involved personnel and demanded a judicial probe against the teen’s killing.
Family of the slain teen, Owais Ahmad Mir, initially refused to talk to media persons on Friday saying “nothing will happen to those who killed our beloved”.
Father of slain boy however went on to say, “We have seen such kind of situation. Many youth were killed so far but no action has been taken against any personnel. There are many incidents where authorities announced inquiry but they didn’t yield any result.”
Locals, who visited the bereaved family on Friday said that Owais who was killed on late Thursday evening following the culmination of first phase of elections, was “innocent and was targeted by the forces outside his home”.
“Owais was just outside his home where he was playing with his little friends but forces shot him twice in his head as well as chest, leaving him seriously wounded,” a local alleged adding that he was rushed to the hospital where he was declared brought dead.
The slain class 7th student’s neighbours especially women were seen wailing at his house, and raised slogans against the killing of a little boy.
The neighbours demanded to investigate the matter thoroughly and take stern action against the troopers involved in his killing.
“A judicial probe must be initiated in this regard so that the real culprits are brought to book,” the locals said.
Meanwhile, a complete shutdown was observed in Manigam village and adjacent village of Langate today to protest against the teen’s killing.
All the shops and other business establishments remained closed throughout the day while as the traffic was also thin on the roads. (KNS)