Tufail’s Kin Contest SIT “Case Closed” Report

SRINAGAR: The family of Tufail Matoo, whose killing by government forces set off the 2010 summer agitation in the Valley, has challenged the status report by the police in which the Special Investigating Team has marked the case as “untraced and closed.”

In a plea to the High Court which had ordered the SIT in September 2011, family counsel Mian Abdul Qayoom asked how it was possible for the police not to trace the killers for so long.

“The SIT officers, who are drawing huge salaries, have failed to live up to the expectations of the victim’s family, and no one has been held responsible for the killing of 12th class student,” he said.

Matoo was killed on June 11, 2010 after a teargas shell hit him near the Ghani Memorial Stadium here.

Soon after submitting the reply to the status report in the High Court, Matoo’s father said that the SIT had not shown any interest to nab the guilty as “for three years there has been no development in the case.”

“We are not at war with anyone, but the state is at war with us. Justice is being denied to us and I don’t think it will be ever delivered,’’ Mohammad Ashraf Matoo said, adding that the chief minister’s claims of justice being done had proved a “big joke.” 


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