Srinagar: Although he had ordered an inquiry into the killing of a 15-year-old boy by police in April this year, chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has said that “not a single bullet was fired by police and paramilitary forces on street in my seven–month tenure”.
Suhail Ahmad, a student, was shot dead from a close range by a policeman in Ghat Narbal area of Budgam district on April 18 during a protest against the arrest of Hurriyat leader Masrat Alam.
Suhail’s family and eyewitnesses had told the inquiry officer that he was not part of the protest but had left home to see whether his school was open or not.
Mufti had ordered the “time-bound inquiry” into the killing and two police officials, an assistant sub-inspector of police and a constable, were arrested on murder charges.
In Kulgam, a youth, Asif Tantray was killed on June 22 this year when policemen and paramilitary troopers opened fire on a group of protesters
demonstrating against the forces who were engaged in a gunfight with two militants.
Deputy commissioner Kulgam Ravinder Kumar Bhat had ordered a magisterial inquiry into the killing.
Spokesperson Peoples Democratic Party Waheed Rehman Para said that government spokesperson Naeem Akhtar is the appropriate person to speak on the matter.
“Because the matter is related to the government and not the party,” Waheed told Kashmir Reader
Akhtar did not respond to repeated call from this newspaper.