Srinagar: Four persons on Friday recorded their statements before the enquiry officer probing the murder of a school boy allegedly by police in Narbal area of the city outskirts on Saturday last that triggered massive anti-India demonstrations.
Those who recorded statements include Tariq Ahmad Sofi, uncle of slain teenager Suhail Ahmad Sofi. The enquiry officer, Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Budgam, Manzoor Ahmad Qadri recorded the statements of the witnesses separately at his chamber on Friday afternoon, official sources told Kashmir Reader.
“The witnesses were asked about the sequence of the events that happened that day. All the four witnesses accused the police of killing the teenager without any reason or rhyme,” sources said.
Seventeen -year-old Suhail, a class X student at the government boys high school, was shot dead by a police officer on Saturday last when he stepped out of his house to see whether his school was open or not in wake of a shutdown called by Hurriyat Conference (G) against the arrest of senior resistance leader Masrat Alam Bhat.
Suhail’s killing triggered massive protests in many parts of the Valley prompting the authorities to order a magisterial probe. Police also arrested two of its men, including an officer to cool down rising tempers.
Sources said that the inquiry officer will visit Narbal on Monday to record statements of other locals, who witnessed the killing. Qadri, they said, will remain available at the Tehsil office since early morning.
“He would have visited the area on Saturday to record the testimonies but due to the shutdown the date has been fixed on Monday,” they added.
Besides magisterial probe, police are also investigating the role of the officer named by the witnesses as the main accused into the alleged murder of the teenager.
Meanwhile, the inquiry officer told Kashmir Reader that he cannot share the details of the ongoing probe with the media and the findings will directly be submitted to government for further action.
“We cannot tell you how many witnesses have deposed. The probe is in progress. Once it is completed, we will submit the report to government,” Qadri added.