Tufail Matoo’s 5th death anniversary observed

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Srinagar:  The fifth death anniversary of teenage student, Tufail Matoo, was observed Thursday, with tributes being paid to the slain boy at his grave in Martyrs Graveyard in Eidgah here.

Family members, relatives and separatist leaders, including Javaid Ahmad Mir, and others visited his grave and paid tributes to him. Later they visited the residence of the slain youth at Saida Kadla too and sympathized with his family.

Tufail Matoo, class 11th student was killed in June 2010 after a shard of a tear gas shell allegedly fired by police in Rainawari area of Srinagar hit his head after he was returning from his coaching classes.

 “Shaheed Tufail Matoo, Wamiq Farooq, Zahid Farooq and other more than 100 families whose loved ones were killed by the armed forces are still awaiting justice and the killers are roaming free as none of them was punished,” Javid Ahmed Mir and Muhammad Ahsan Untoo said on the occasion. 

Meanwhile, banned Kashmir University Students’ Union also paid tributes to the youth who were killed in government forces firing in 2010 agitation in which 120 youth were killed.

Despite no permission from the University administration, the students took part in the programme to remember the slain youth. 

Carrying placards and banners of the photographs of slain youth, scores of students assembled in the University campus outside Iqbal Library to pay homage to the slain youth.

Mohammad Ashraf, the father of Tufail Matoo, and Farooq Ahmed, father of slain Wamiq Farooq, were the lead speakers on the occasion.

Expressing their dismay over the justice system in the state, they said they have run from pillar to post for justice to no avail.

“All the regimes have been shielding the murders as a policy design,” they said.

Overwhelmed with the support from the students, they thanked them and also pledged to continue the struggle till their last breath. The students also expressed solidarity with the families of the youth.

KUSU alleged that Heads of the departments intimidated and pressurized some students not to participate in the programme.

The students also slammed the varsity administration for “receiving aid from the Indian army under Operation Sadbhavna” last month.

They said that these welfare tactics won’t change the character of Indian army in Kashmir.

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