SRINAGAR: A group of families of Kashmiri youths killed by government forces, including that of Tufail Mattoo of Rainawari, will gather at the Press Enclave near Lal Chowk on Saturday to condemn the attack on Amarnath Yatris. The families wish to express their solidarity with the family members of the killed yatris. They were planning to hold the gathering on Wednesday but could not do so because of curfew in the area.
Faroor Ahmad, father of Wamiq Farooq who was killed in 2010 when he was hit with a teargas canister in old Srinagar, told Kashmir Reader, “We the victims feel the pain of the families of the yatris who were killed in the attack. The attack was inhumane and we condemn the act. I myself have lost my son who was not even protesting when the police shot him with tear gas canister.”
Ahmad said that the people of India never expressed any condemnation of the killing of innocents in Kashmir.
“I can feel the pain of the families of every killed yatri. I have been living with this pain for the past many years. My son was innocent and was not part of any protests when police killed him. Everyone knows that. The killers are lodged in jail but there was no condemnation from the people of India,” he said.
Remembering his son Wamiq, he said that his son was studious, intelligent and hardworking. Ahmad said he used to eat only one meal in a day so that he could give the best education to his children.
“We see the sons of policemen or bureaucrats on the Jammu and Kashmir Bank calendar for their achievements. My son was more intelligent than them. He used to study a lot and always used to tell me not to worry,” Ahmad said.
Frustrated at the endless trial of his son’s murder case, Ahmad said that he does not need compensation from the government but justice, which he says is the hanging of his son’s killers.
“The killers should be hanged to death, as they have mercilessly killed our children. Justice in the case is pending from 2010. We won’t sell the blood of our children. We will fight till the killers are sentenced to death by the court. We share the pain of the killings of yatris but they should also feel our pain,” Ahmad said.
He said that families of Kashmiri civilians killed by government forces had planned to protest against the killings of yatris on Wednesday, but there was a curfew on the day. “I along with other victim families, including those of Umer Qayoom of Soura, Fida Nabi of Qamarwari, and Tufail Mattoo of Rainawari were going to protest here in press colony against the attack on yatris. Now we will be doing that on Saturday,” Ahmad said.