Tufail Matoo killing

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THIC challenges CB investigation report

Srinagar: Tahafuz-i-Haqooq-i-Insani Committee (THIC) has decided to stage a peaceful sit-in at Martyrs Graveyard Eidgah in Srinagar city today (Thursday) to commemorate  the fifth death anniversary of Saidakadal youth Tufail Matoo.

The THIC in a statement castigated Crime Branch for its “shoddy” investigation and said this agency has sided with the ‘killers’ and has tried to mislead the court.

Tufail—a class 12th student—was returning home from tuitions on June 11, 2010 when policemen hit a teargas shell on his head near Gani Memorial Stadium in Rajouri Kadal area of Srinagar, killing him on the spot. The killing triggered massive protests across Kashmir and widespread condemnation, leading to a probe.

“When the court had handed over the investigation of Tufail’s killing to Crime Branch more than a year ago, we had expected that the agency will nail the ‘killers’, but to our surprise the investigating agency filed the final probe report before a trial court terming the killers ‘untraced’. This investigation proved nothing but to save the killers,” TIHC president Rafiq Ahmed Bazaz told CNS and appealed people to participate in sit-in at Eidgah on June 11.

The Crime Branch in its final report has maintained that, “in the present circumstances, no such facts were accosted with  where from it could be convincingly gathered with exactitude how the death of Tufail Matoo took place and who was culpably responsible for it.”

Muhammad Ashraf Matoo, the father of slain youth said that they have challenged the probe report of Crime Branch in the Court of law and the case has been listed for hearing on June 20 this month. “How can Crime Branch claim that killers are untraced when so many eyewitnesses appearing in the court have identified those killers. The Crime Branch report is an eyewash to save the killers of my son,” Matoo said adding it has been five years now and still the justice has not been delivered to the family. (CNS)

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