Slain Kulgam Youth’s Father: ‘Who Killed My Son And Why?’

KULGAM — The father of Kulgam youth who was tortured to death by unknown gunmen Thursday asked suspected militants to give him proof that his son was an ‘Informer’ and aided army in killing militants.

Pertinently, unknown armed men abducted two youth from South Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Wednesday. The gunmen tortured Meraj Ahmed Dar of Hawoora and Arif Ahmed Sofi of Khudwani and left them in an unconscious state. Meraj is still untraceable while Arif was shifted to Srinagar hospital where he succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday night.

Arif was laid to rest on Thurs­day at his native graveyard. Over six thousand people participated in his funeral prayers that con­cluded peacefully and without any sloganeering. In his address to the mourners, Fayaz Ahmed Sofi, the father of the deceased youth said that his family always stood by ongoing movement and being a member of the Jamat-e- Islami sacrificed everything.

“If my son has been killed by mil­itants, I want to ask them to provide a proof that he was an Army Inform­er. I will not repent over the death of my son if militants will come up with sound proof,” Sofi said.

“As far as my knowledge goes, my son was ardent supporter of militants and ongoing move­ment. I appeal you people to ask militants to come up with proof. They should clarify on which ba­sis they killed my son,” he said.

Pertinently, no militant outfit has claimed responsibility for the incident. A police official said that they have registered a case and investigation has been started to identify the assailants. (CNS


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