Hang my son’s killers, says Suhail’s father

Srinagar: The father of slain teenager from Narbal said Sunday that the police official, who shot dead his son from point blank range, should be hanged till death so that the “trigger happy” forces get a lesson for the “sin of” destroying families.
“I don’t want money or jobs. I want the killer of my son to be hanged. My family has been devastated,” Abdul Ahad Sofi, whose son Suhail, 17, was shot dead by the police on Saturday, told Kashmir Reader.
Sofi, a retired government employee, said that though he doesn’t expect justice from the system, but he will fight to see the killers of his son on the gallows.
He also rejected the magisterial probe into the killing as a mere eyewash. “To mislead people, police will say that the arrested cops have been sacked. But who knows if they will be transferred to far off areas like Poonch or Ladakh,” he said.
“What has been done to the government forces who killed innocents in Kashmir? First the forces kill innocents, then the government orders probe and then the guilty men are set free,” he added.
However, Sofi quickly added that despite knowing the outcome of the probe, he will not give up and will fight for justice till the end.
Recalling the last moments he spent with his teenage son, Sofi said that Suhail got up early in morning and had a shower.
“And before carrying his school bag, he went outside to see whether his school was open or not. But the policemen caught him, slapped him near the Masjid repeatedly. Later a policeman on the instructions of his officer shot dead my son,” said Sofi.
Sofi also alleged that the forces on Sunday went berserk breaking window panes of residential houses and smashing glasses of the vehicles parked in the area.
“The forces even fired teargas canisters and pepper gas at the tent where women mourners were seated. Many women fell unconscious after inhaling pepper gas. We had to shift them to our neighbours’ houses,” he said.
“This is height of tyranny. First they kill innocents and then prevent mourning,” he added.
A police spokesman denied the allegations and said no such report has been received from the area.