Untraced Tufail Matoo killers a shame: Er Rashid


Srinagar:  Awami Ittihaad Party (AIP) president and MLA Langate Engineer Rashid Thursday sharply reacted to the outcome of Crime Branch’s  “so called” probe, declaring the killers of Tufail Matoo as untraced.

In a statement he said, “While majority of Indians are praising judiciary for sentencing Salman Khan to five years imprisonment but in Kashmir justice has yet again proved to be a distant dream as usual. May one ask the investigating agency, whose top brass hail from Jammu and Kashmir police that if they couldn’t trace the killers  of Tufail Matoo who was murdered during broad day light, how come could one believe the claims made by the same police from time to time,” Rashid said. “Isn’t it a fact that the same police often claim to have intercepted militant’s conversations and thus claiming to have foiled major attacks at the hands of militants?”

“May the same police answer that if they couldn’t trace a killer who was one among them, why should one believe their versions, claiming that killers of Late Abdul Gani Lone, Moulana Mohammad Farooq, Mushtaq Lone, Ghulam Nabi Lone and many others including those of Sarpanchs have been traced. Either the state police has been lying by making false claims to get rewards, privileges and perks, or police and other investigating agencies including Crime Branch are deliberately shielding and sheltering the culprits, as they belong to their own ranks,” the MLA Langate said.

Rashid added that the decision by the Crime Branch to declare the killers untraced has shocked every Kashmiri and their already eroded faith in state institutions and agencies has shaken further. 

“It is not only the case of Tufail Matoo but state of India and its institutions seem never ever t interested in delivering justice to Kashmiris, and always give the feeling as if those one lakh Kashmiris who have been martyred during last 25 years, have gone on a picnic and are expected to return soon,” he said. “If government of India and the state government have some respect for the rights of Kashmiri people all these cases should be investigated by some internationally monitored agencies,” he said.

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