Kulgam Youth’s Death: Police Say Ascertaining Facts

SRINAGAR: A day after father of a youth in Kulgam said that his son succumbed to pellet injuries, J&K police on Wednesday said that their men are ascertaining the cause of the death.

J&K police spokesperson in a statement said: Apropos to the news story published by some local dailies under the heading pellet victim dies in Kulgam.

“District police administration has clarified that on 20th Feb 2017, Waseem Ahmed Thoker, son of Mushtaq Ahmed, a resident of Souch was found unconscious at Baitul Hilal Yateem Foundation Chawalgam and was brought to District hospital Kulgam by his friends where doctors declared him brought dead,” the statement said.

“Kulgam police taking cognizance of the incident has primarily found that there was no medical history as has been published in the new report.

The deceased was doing routine work at Baitul Hilal Foundation as ambulance driver and has died in his room,” the police statement added.

“The news reports published by some local dailies is baseless, concocted and far from the truth and are therefore rebutted,” it further said, “Kulgam police are ascertaining facts about cause of the death of Waseem and people are advised not to fall prey to the vested interests.”

Geelani Demands Stringent Action

Hurriyat patriarch, Syed Ali Geelani, on Wednesday expressed his deep grief over “martyrdom” of Waseem Mushtaq and demanded stringent action “against those involved in” showering pellets and bullets on innocent youth.

“Whole nation stands with you,” Geelani in his condolence message to bereaved family.

“Although experts have declared pellet gun a lethal weapon, however, its use in Jammu and Kashmir has not stopped despite prohibiting its use against human being,” All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairperson said in a statement.

Terming the use of pellet gun as “worst kind of state terrorism”, Geelani said, “it is highly condemnable & innocent are being killed and maimed by excessive use of force.”

‘Family Produces Prescriptions, X-ray’

The father of slain Kulgam youth, Waseem Muhammad Thokar, Wednesday said that he has ample proofs to prove that his son died to pellet injuries.

Pertinently, Waseem Muhammad Tokhar (24), an ambulance driver by profession died on Tuesday morning at his home in Shouch village in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district.

The family claimed that Waseem had suffered serious pellet injuries on 7 September when forces used force to foil ‘Marhama Chalo’ call.

Police in a handout said, “Waseem was found unconscious at Baitul Hilal Yateem Foundation Chawalgam and was brought to District hospital Kulgam by his friends where doctors declared him brought dead.”

Refuting the police claim, the Father of the slain youth said that he has all the prescriptions of doctors of different hospitals who treated his son and they all prove that Waseem had received pellet injuries.

“I will show him his X-rays and prescriptions and in fact a few days back a private clinic at Anantnag had conducted an X-ray of his pellet wounds,” he said.

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