Tufail Mattoo's death anniversary; 8 years of yearning for justice

FARZANA SYED. Dated: 6/12/2018 7:07:20 AM

SRINAGAR, Jun 11: On his eighth death anniversary, parents, relatives friends and other family members visited the grave of Tufail Ashraf Mattoo here in Eidgah Srinagar.
Like every year, Tufail’s death anniversary was observed at Gani Memorial Stadium where Tufail was killed. Rituals and tributes were paid to Tufail at Martyrs’ Graveyard here in Eidgah where Tufail is buried.
16-year old Tufail was allegedly killed by security forces in 2010 after a tear gas shell hit him on the head while he was returning from his tuitions, allegedly fired at him by cops point blank at a close range.
Though eight years have passed, justice still eludes Tufail’s family who lost their lone son and yet his killers are at large.
According to the family members of slain Tufail, for the past eight years their fight was unprecedented though there was no development in the investigation in their son's killing.
Muhammad Ashraf Mattoo, father of Tufail, vows to fight for his son despite having no expectations from the system.
He said despite yearning for eight long years justice still seemed a distant dream however his fight would not fade away.
"We should not expect anything from a system which is blind and shut when it comes to delivering justice. Such a system has failed every innocent victim of this place. Despite that my struggle for my son, who was brutally killed, will continue till I am alive," said Tufail's father.
"On every anniversary of Tufail's killing our resentment and conviction grows stronger," he said.
While killing of Tufail Mattoo and other teenagers in the same period, evoked widespread anger, protests and anguish across Kashmir Valley, the then chief minister Omar Abdullah had appointed Justice M L Koul to enquire into the civilian killings.
Though the report, in which a CBI inquiry was sought in the killing, was handed over to Mehbooba Mufti in 2016. However, since then there has not been any further development in the case.
Pertinently, Tufail Mattoo's father had termed the probe an eye-wash and accused the government of protecting the killers of Tufail.
"The probe did not yield anything it was just a futile exercise to shield the killers of Tufail," said a relative of the slain Tufail Mattoo.



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