With moist eyes, family members and relatives of slain youth Tufail Matto, on Sunday, paid tributes to him on his seventh death anniversary.
The family members and relatives visited the mazar-e- shuhada (martyrs graveyard), Eidgah in Srinagar and offered special prayers.
Ashraf Matoo, the father of the slain youth, appealed to the people of Kashmir to stand firm and united. “I appeal to the people of Kashmir to stand united and defend his mission with utmost care. I also appeal to the leadership to name Kashmir ‘Valley of Martyrs’”
One of his close relative said that the family would continue the fight for justice. “We will continue to fight till the culprits are brought to book and justice is delivered.”
The representatives of joint Hurriyat conference also participated in the prayers.
Matto was a Class 12th student and the resident of Saida Kadal. He was hit on the head by a teargas shell that was fired by security forces on June 11, 2010 near Gani Memorial Statdium. He was hit while returning home from tuition and had died on spot.
Family, friends and political activists of slain boy Tufail Mattoo were seen at his grave to offer special prayers on his seventh death anniversary. The only son of his parents, his killing was the main trigger of the 2010 unrest and interestingly the family is yet to get justice.
On Sunday, the family and various political activists including Javed Mir were seen praying at his grave in Eidgah. Fathers of Tufail and another teenager boy Wamiq Farooq were also there. Wamiq was killed during the initial days of 2010 unrest.
At a small function in the graveyard, reports said, various leaders lamented the failure of the government in delivering justice to the family. Slain boy’s family has been fighting for justice for last seven years and all their efforts have been frustrated by the systems in police and prosecution.
After the function was over, there was rush of mourners at the Matoo’s residence, reports said.