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IOK HC orders re-opening of Tufail Mattoo killing case

Srinagar, February 16, 2014 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the High Court has ordered re-opening of the Tufail Mattoo killing case, directing the Director General of Police (DGP) to hand over the investigation to the crime branch.

The single bench of Justice Verinder Singh, in its judgment further directed the crime branch to complete the probe within eight weeks. Tufail Mattoo, a teenager, was killed on June 11, 2010, after being hit by a teargas shell fired by Indian police near Ghani Memorial College in Srinagar when he was returning home from tuition.

The killing triggered wide-spread anti-India demonstrations in the occupied territory and more than 120 youth were killed in subsequent use of brute force against the protesters by Indian troops and police.

The High Court had reserved its judgment in the case on July 8, 2013, following a petition by the relatives of the martyred teenager challenging the trial court order. The trial court had accepted the final report of the police closing the case as untraced.

Meanwhile, Mohammad Ashraf Mattoo, father of Tufail Mattoo, welcomed the court decision to re-open the investigation into the killing of his son and criticised the role of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) that earlier probed the case.

He said that the SIT wasted four precious years before closing the case as untraced. He hoped that the Crime Branch that has been entrusted to re-investigate the case will do it fast.

For more information, contact:
Kashmir Media Service
Phone: 92-51-4435548, 4435549
Fax: 92-51-4861736

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