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JKCCS decries denial of justice to teenager’s family

Srinagar, April 13, 2014 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) has decried denial of justice to the family of a teenager, Zubair-ul-Hassan Butt of Sopore who was killed by Indian forces in 2010.

The JKCCS Coordinator, Khurram Parvez, in a statement issued in Srinagar said that on April 13, 2010, Zubair-ul-Hassan Butt, was killed by the personnel of Indian Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and police.

“On the fateful day, Zubair, along with four other young boys, went out to play cricket. It was a day of a strike call that was being observed without any violence. The five boys, including Zubair were chased by police and the CRPF personnel and they ran towards the riverside near the Jamia Qadeem bridge,” he added.

He said that the five boys had no choice but to jump into the river. “The police and CRPF personnel then started throwing stones at the five boys. Under this attack, Zubair, who did not know swimming, drowned and died,” he stated.

Khurram Parvez said that till date, the police had at every stage protected the killers. Following the killing of Zubair, he said, the police refused to file an FIR for murder and threatened action against the family of the victim. Instead, the police filed an FIR against unknown persons for violence and stone pelting, he deplored.

Khurram Parvez said that following a struggle of two years before the courts, the family of the victim managed to get a FIR filed for murder. “Finally, as per the communication received under Right to Information on January 9, 2014, the police closed the case as untraced. The police concluded by stating that Zubair died in an accident,” he added.

He said that to protect the perpetrators, there had been continued harassment of the family of the victim and the other witnesses in this case. “It is also unclear whether the police filed their closure reports before a competent court, as per law,” he further stated.

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