Slain Sopore youth’s parents seek justice

Slain Sopore youth’s parents seek justice

Sopore: Three years after a youngster was killed by unknown persons in north Kashmir’s Sopore area, a statement from Lahkar-e-Toiba has brought the murder mystery back into public discussion.
The slain youngster’s father says that the statement does not make any difference to his family even as police have already arrested a person involved in the killing.
Unidentified gunmen had shot dead Suhail Ahmad Sofi, 18, at Doabgah village near a mosque in the year 2013. He died on the spot.
Three years after the killing LeT issued a statement last week to a local news gathering agency CNS asking Sofi’s parents to ascertain the facts on his death.
“He (Sofi) created a lot of problem for the militants while the fact is that it was forces that killed him. We request the parents of Suhail Ahmad Sofi to ascertain the facts”, LeT spokesman Abdullah Ghaznavi said in the statement.
Sofi’s father Ghulam Nabi, who is a labourer, told Kashmir Reader that LeT spokesperson statement does not make any difference to his family. “The police have already arrested the killer of our son who has confessed his crime,” he said.
He said that his son was about to get admission for Class XI after passing the Matriculation examination “but the killers crushed his dream to study”.
“I don’t understand why LeT is issuing stamen now and remained silent three years ago”, he said.
Sofi’s mother said that she went to police station to see her son’s killer. “I went to the local police station to see my son’s killer. He begged before me and sought apologies. He confessed before me that he has done a mistake by killing my son”, she told Kashmir Reader. “We want justice”, she said with her eyes fixed on the portrait of her son.
“We know that the killer of my brother has been already arrested and he has confessed to his crime. We only appeal to LeT outfit to reveal to us as to why they have made a statement after a gap of three years,” Sofi’s sister said.
Pertinently, Sofi’s gruesome killing was condemned by both factions of pro-azaadi Hurriyat Conference. Scores of civilian killings have taken place in the restive north Kashmir area during the past 27 years. Most of the killings by unidentified gunmen have remained shrouded in mystery.