Father accuses army’s ‘Court martial’ of involved soldiers a hoax

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Chattergam Killings:
Srinagar: The father of one of the Nowgam slain youth Tuesday accused successive state governments of being callous towards their miseries. He said that an Army Commander while regretting over the death of his son expressed sympathy with them but not a single person from the state government contacted or bothered to visit his house.
Faisal Yousuf Bhat and Mehrajuddin Dar, both residents of Nowgam Srinagar were killed last year on November 3 at Chattergam when a patrolling party from 53 RR indiscriminately fired upon their private vehicle.
Muhammad Yousuf Bhat, the father of Faisal who refused to take compensation from Army told a local news agency, CNS that he doesn’t know about the fate of the Army soldiers who were held responsible for killing his son.
“They (Army) say the guilty killers were court martialled,” Bhat said. “I never saw those soldiers and don’t know whether they have been punished or not. I am sure they might have been posted somewhere else. It would have been fair enough to put those on trial in a Civil Court.”
“I tried to meet or contact almost all the political leaders but all refused to see me. Nobody listened to me,” he said. “Both the previous and present governments approach was insensitive. The irony is that police lobbed tear-smoke shells in the premises of mourners today and stopped people from offering special prayers in favour of Faisal and Mehraj. This is the height of repression.”

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