Budgam: The family of Akeel Ahmad Wani, who was shot dead by troops of the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on April 9 at Attino in Beerwah area of Budgam district, told Kashmir Reader that police are not registering an FIR (first information report) against the paramilitary force for the killing of Akeel.
Mohammad Amin Wani, Akeel’s father, said that police “are shielding the culprits.”
“They refused to entertain our application for registering an FIR against the ITBP troopers. They are shielding the ITBP personnel and have in fact accused my son of being the culprit,” Wani told Kashmir Reader.
A video that went viral on social media showed the ITBP troopers directly firing upon Akeel, a Class 10 student, from close range after a few boys were throwing stones on them. The video showed Akeel collapsing on the ground as soon as he was shot. Seven other youth were killed on the day parliamentary by-polls were held in the Srinagar constituency.
What does FIR filed by police say
Akeeel damaged the EVMs and held the polling staff hostage
People carried dangerous weapons with them
They attacked the polling station from all four sides
Akeel’s cousin Gulzar Ahmad said that when the family members visited police station Beerwah to file a complaint about the incident, the police did not record their statement. Later the police informed them that investigation has already been started in the case. Gulzar Ahmad said that the family was shocked to learn that an FIR had been registered in the case in which Akeel had been declared as a culprit.
The FIR copy dated April 9 under Section 148, 149, 336, 332, 307, 353, 393, 427 and 132 of the RPC, a copy of which is with Kashmir Reader, says that on the day of the by-poll, people attacked the polling station at Attino with stones and surrounded it from four sides. The people were carrying dangerous weapons with them, the FIR says.
The FIR (31/2017) reads that numerous protestors pelted stones, injured cops, and were trying to snatch and damage EVM machines. It also says that protestors were not allowing voters to cast their vote.
In response to the protests, according to the FIR, the government forces fired teargas shells and bullets in the air (“aerial firing”) to disperse the crowds, among whom was Akeeel. The FIR says that Akeel damaged EVMs and held polling staff hostage. He was injured when a bullet hit him, the FIR says.
Gulzar Ahmad said that the video recorded of Akeel’s killing “clearly shows that Akeel along with a few youth was outside the polling station and had not gone inside.”
Gulzar said the family will go to court if the police continue to refuse filing an FIR against the ITBP troopers.
“They could have easily chased away Akeel, but they resorted to target killing,” the slain youth’s father said.
Station House Officer Beerwah police station, Zahoor Ahmad Khan, said that the family’s application is part of the ongoing investigation. “The allegation (that we refused to accept the application) is baseless. We are investigating the case and the reality will come out very soon,” he said.