2013 Shopian killings: Families of victims seek punishment for killer troops

Srinagar, June 05, 2015 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the families of the four youth, who were killed by Indian troops in cold-blood in Shopian in 2013, have demanded of the puppet authorities to punish the killer troops. The youth including Tariq Ahmad Mir, Tauseef Ahmad and Muhammad Yusuf were killed in the firing of the troops in Gagarin area of Shopian on September 7 on the occasion of the concert of music maestro, Zubin Mehta, in Srinagar.

The family members of the victims said that the Commission constituted by the puppet regime was only an attempt to buy time and to shield the culprits. The one-man Koul Commission submitted its report in July 2014 in which he had indicted the troops for these innocent killings. The family members of the victims lashed out at the puppet authorities for using inquiry committees as a tool to hoodwink the people.

Gulzar Ahmed Mir, a resident of Okai area of Kulgam whose brother Tariq Ahmed Mir was one of the victims, said that ever since the death of Tariq, the family members had undergone a lot of stress and hardships. “Tariq was a walnut merchant and sole bread earner for the family,” he said adding that people of the occupied territory had lost faith in inquiry committees.

Ghulam Muhammad Butt, the father of another martyred youth, Tawseef Ahmed, demanded of the puppet regime to implement the recommendations of the Koul Commission in letter and spirit without any further delay. “The Koul Commission submitted its report in July 2014 and it has almost been a year now and still no action has been initiated against the killer troops. It is the murder of the justice,” he said.

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