13 Days On, No One Held In Baramulla Killing: Kin


SRINAGAR: The family of the Baramulla youth killed in army firing earlier this month have deplored the lack of progress in the case despite the lapse of nearly a fortnight.

“Thirteen days have passed since Tahir Rasool Sofi was shot dead by army personnel, but no one has been arrested so far,” the slain youth’s brother, Junaid-ul-Islam, said. “No action has been taken even when eyewitnesses have given their testimony.”

“We do not want any compensation or concessions from the government,” he said. “All we want is justice to be done.”

“The entire sequence of events has been recorded before authorities. Even the bullet casings found on the spot have been handed over to the police,” he said.

“It is ironic that those said to be involved in a stone-pelting incident that led to the death of an auto-driver in Anantnag were identified and picked up by the police almost immediately, but no forces personnel have been taken into custody in this case where the evidence is so clear,” he said.

Sofi was killed in the Baramulla town on March 5 when army men opened fire on protestors who had taken to the streets decrying a rampage in their localities.

Personnel had entered the neighbourhood chasing groups of youth who had attacked their vehicles with stones.

According to Junaid, his brother was playing cricket when violence broke out in the area.

“We contacted him on mobile phone and asked him to return home as the situation had taken a bad turn,” he said.

“He came back, but fell to bullets shortly afterwards,” he said.

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