Budgam: Turned away from police station Beerwah, the family of Akeel Ahmad Wani, the 17-year-old boy shot dead at Attino in Beerwah area of Budgam district by Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on the day by-elections were held for the Srinagar parliamentary seat on April 9, has now submitted an application at the office of the Senior Superintendent of Police Budgam to register an FIR (first information report) against ITBP troops.
Mohammad Amin Wani, Akeel’s father, told Kashmir Reader that he had submitted an application to the Station Head Officer (SHO) of Beerwah for lodging an FIR, but the officer did not do so. Wani has now approached the SSP office for registering an FIR against ITBP troops for the killing of his teenage son.
“The local police were shielding the ITBP personnel, and have, in fact, accused my son of being the culprit (of attacking the troops),” Wani told Kashmir Reader.
Akeel’s killing was captured on a video that went viral on social media showing an ITBP trooper directly firing at him. Akeel was a Class 10 student. He was seen in the video among a few boys who were throwing stones at the ITBP troops. The video showed him collapsing on the ground when he was shot at by an ITBP trooper. Seven other youth were killed on the day the by-polls were held for the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat.
The application submitted by Wani at the SSP’s office reads that Akeel had gone to fetch medicines for his mother and was returning home when he was shot dead from point-blank range. The FIR reads that Akeel was “deliberately shot dead” by ITBP troops with the “intention to kill” as the firearm injury was on his face.
The application says that ITBP troops deployed at Attina village had committed a “cold-blooded murder”.
The Beerwah police lodged an FIR dated April 9 under Sections 148, 149, 336, 332, 307, 353, 393, 427 and 132 of the RPC, that Akeel was among the crowd that attacked the polling station at Attino with stones and surrounded it from four sides. The FIR says that this crowd was carrying dangerous weapons with it.
The Beerwah police’s FIR (31/2017) says that numerous protestors pelted stones, injured cops, and tried to snatch and damage EVMs (electronic voting machines). It also says that the protestors were not allowing voters to cast their vote.
According to the Beerwah police’s FIR, the ITBP troops fired teargas shells and bullets in the air (“aerial firing”) to disperse the crowds. One bullet hit Akeel, their FIR says.
“We hope for justice from the SSP,” Wani said.