Death certificate denied

SRINAGAR: The family of the teenager, who was shot dead by police in Narbal area of the city outskirts on April 18, said Monday that the hospital authorities at the SKIMS, Bemina were reluctant to issue the death certificate due to unknown reasons.
“We went twice to the JVC hospital to obtain the death certificate. However, the CMO refused to issue the certificate,” Tariq Ahmad Sofi, cousin of slain teenager Suhail Ahmad, told Kashmir Reader Monday.
He said that the official told him that the death certificate cannot be issued to them unless they seek the intervention of police to obtain it. Sofi alleged that the denial of certificate is giving rise to apprehensions that something was “cooking up”.
“Why do we need to go to the police? If my cousin died at the hospital, the authorities are bound to issue me his death certificate,” he said.
When contacted, Medical Superintendent, JVC, Dr Ajaz Mustafa told Kashmir Reader that the death certificate can’t be issued to the family because the boy was brought dead to the hospital.
“If we issue one, it has no validity. We have given our report to police on a form. Now, the family can collect the copy of report from them,” he added.
He said that the hospital certificate would have been issued to the family had the teenager passed away at the hospital.