SRINAGAR: Over a dozen persons on Monday deposed before the inquiry officer probing the murder of a school boy by police in Narbal area of the city outskirts on Saturday last.
Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Budgam, Manzoor Ahmad Qadri, who is investigating the killing of Suhail by a police officer, visited Narbal on Monday morning and recorded the statement of over a dozen people, including the drivers and the local shopkeepers, who witnessed the alleged broad day light murder, official sources told Kashmir Reader.
After recording the testimonies at the Tehsil officer, Qadri visited the spot in the afternoon where Suhail was shot dead.
“There too, he interacted with the locals. He also mapped the area where the killing occurred,” locals said.
Last Saturday, four people, including the slain teenager’s cousin Tariq Ahmad Sofi had recorded their statements before the inquiry commission at Budgam.
Seventeen -year-old Suhail, a class X student at the government boys’ high school, was shot dead by a police officer on April 18 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.
“We told the inquiry officer how this innocent boy was captured, slapped and later killed by the police,” a witness insisting not to be named said.
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 ADC Budgam said that most of the details required to investigate the circumstances that led to the killing of teenager have been collected.
“We went to the spot today and recorded the statements of the witnesses. We also visited the location where the boy was shot. And the place, where he was shot from,” Qadri added.