Amnesty seeks fresh probe into Tufail Matoo, other killings

London, June 18, 2013 (PPI-OT): The Amnesty International has prevailed upon the occupation authorities to investigate the killing of Tufail Ahmad Mattoo and accelerate the delayed investigations into similar killings committed by Indian troops and police personnel during the 2010 uprising.

The Amnesty in a statement urged the authorities to promptly bring those responsible for the deaths of those killed in firing by troops in 2010 to trial in fair proceedings.”

The human rights body said, “Authorities in Jammu and Kashmir have an obligation under national and international law to conduct prompt and thorough investigations into the deaths. Delayed, partial or incomplete investigations violate the rights of the victims’ families to effective remedy and accountability, and contribute to the prevailing climate of impunity in J and K,” the statement added.

The Amnesty said, “Over 100 people were killed in 2010 during widespread protests when the police and other forces used excessive, and at times, unnecessary, force.”

In Tufail’s case, the Amnesty said the police “refused to register a complaint when Mattoo’s father Muhammad Ashraf went to report the killing of his son at the local police station the same day (June 11, 2010).”

The Amnesty said that many of the “killings caused by the use of force in 2010 have not yet been investigated.”

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