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No justice for Kashmiri youth Mustafa, 18, killed by Indian forces on Eid last year

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Even after the passing of one year, justice continues to elude the family of a youth who was killed by Indian forces in north Kashmir’s Bandipora on 13th September last year when he was going to offer Eid prayers in Eidgah.

The family of Mustafa Mir son of Abdul Hamid Mir, a resident of Dachigam village in Bandipora district, was quoted by Srinagar-based daily Greater Kashmir as having said that they are yet to get any justice as the probe committee has failed to submit any report regarding the killing of their son and the perpetrators are yet to be brought to book.

Mustafa, 18, was killed when the forces fired a teargas shell in his head.

He was part of a peaceful rally led by Imam-e-Hi of Bandipora, Khursheed Ahmad Naqshbandi, which was heading towards Eidgah Bandipora to offer Eid prayers on 13 September last year.

“As they reached near Eaglets Public School just opposite the Qadeem Jamia Masjid in Nibripora area at about 8:45 a.m, a police party headed by an officer intercepted them and fired pellets and teargas shells without any provocation,” recalls the family.

The family has not even received any compensation from the government even after being promised by the authorities that one of the family members will be provided a government job.

The family said police have failed to investigate the case.

A police official of the district said that director general of police had formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the killing of Mustafa. “The investigation into his killing is going on. As and when the investigation is completed the report will be submitted before the authorities,” he said.

The family and relatives of Mustafa Mir demand a judicial enquiry into the killing.

Mustafa is survived by his father - a mason by profession- mother, elder brother and two elder sisters.