By Ishfaq Reshi
Kawoosa (Budgam): Around six months ago, on September 15, 2016, a teenager Muzaffar Ramzan Pandith was hit by pellets fired by the paramilitaries who barged into Kawoosa village of central diustrict Budgam. Panidth was hit in his left eye and landed into Institute of Medical Sciences at Soura. A fortnight later, he developed acute infection that eventually led to his death on October 1. Leave alone showing any remorse on the teenager’s killing the police have refused to provide a copy of first information report. The police officials even deny that any incident occurred in the locality on the fateful day.
“Muzaffar received grave pellet injures in his left eye,” read the medical certificates, which indicated “septicemia” as the cause of his death. His father Muhammad Ramzan, a class IV government employee is dumbfounded after his young son’s death. “What can I say now? I am a simple man. All I wanted was a good education and better future for my son. But my hard luck snatched him from me,” he said.
He said everyone knows how his son was injured and subsequently died in hospital. “The people are eyewitnesses to the incident. Every medical treatment transaction is duly attested by authenticated hospital slips,” he said.
“I went to every police station from Magam to Budgam, but everyone refused to give me the FIR copy by adopting the delaying tactics. Nobody gave me the actual details about the incident,” he adds.
“On the very next day after the incident we sought FIR copy. We were told to come next day by the concerned police station and since then we are being denied copy of the FIR,” he said.
“After his death, police began investigating the case and Inquiring about our family.” Ramzan said.
The police, Ramzan says, told him that they have made a detailed summary of the case and sent a letter to SKIMS in order to ask the cause of death. “They (police) are enquiring the case as they made me to believe but they denied giving me the documents to me,” he said.
He said that he has sought compensation under the provisions of SRO-43 but the police’s lackadaisical approach is causing delay. “The case that was initiated by the government has been delayed as police denied FIR copy to me even after visiting them several times,” he says.
Additional SP Budgam Amoud Kumar told Kashmir Reader that he has no knowledge about the case as he has joined at the post quite recently. “I will inform you once I come to know about the reality of the case,” he said. However SDPO Magam Syed Fayaz told Kashmir Reader that no incident took place on the day (September 15, 2016) at Cheki Kawoosa.