Rs 5 lakh compensation salt on our wounds, say kin of victims

Rs 5 lakh compensation salt on our wounds, say kin of victims
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Srinagar: The brothers of college lecturer Shabir Ahmad Mangoo and ATM guard Riyaz Ahmad Shah, whose killings the government is inquiring into, have refused to accept the compensation of Rs 5 lakh announced on Monday by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.
In the ongoing assembly session, Mufti, on the floor of the house, had said that the families of victims would be given Rs 5 lakh compensation and Special Investigation Teams (SITs) would probe their killings.
Aijaz Ahmad, the brother of 30-year-old college lecturer Shabir Ahmad whose killing in Khrew was “regretted” by the army, told Kashmir Reader that the money offered by the government was like “rubbing salts on our wounds.”
“The money or job won’t return my brother. The government whose armed forces killed my brother has not done us a favour. Shabir would have secured a well-placed job because he was pursuing a PhD. The larger question is about the delivery of justice. Since my brother was murdered, not even a single government official visited my home. A probe has been ordered by the government, but four months have passed and the person who killed my brother is still on duty,” Aijaz Ahmad said.
Shakeel Ahmad, brother of ATM guard Riyaz Ahmad Shah who was killed with pellets while returning home in Srinagar’s Chattabal area late at night, said that the government had done nothing to punish his killers.
“Where is the probe? If the government had really ordered it, officials would have visited our home for details. None except journalists came. Honestly, we don’t need money or job; we want to know about the killers and then about their punishment,” he said.
Until Monday this month, the J&K government had ordered only a few inquiries into civilian killings in Kashmir during the 2016 uprising, and they haven’t yielded any results. The government had ordered a magisterial inquiry into the killings of civilians at Qazigund, Srinagar, Kupwara, none of which are complete yet.