In occupied Kashmir, justice continues to elude families of two teenagers who were shot dead by Indian troops in Markundal village of Bandipora district four years ago.
According to media sources, one civilian, Irfan Ahmad Ganai, was killed when the troops opened fire during a siege and search operation at Markundal in Sumbal area of the district. One more civilian, Irshad Ahmad Dar, was killed and several others were injured when the troops fired upon the demonstrators protesting against the killing of Irfan.
Soon after the incident, two separate cases were registered against the army at Sumbal police station. It was charged with attempt to murder in Tariq’s case and murder in Irfan’s. Irfan’s family pursued the case but due to financial constraints Tariq’s family did not. Irfan’s case is under trial at the Principal District and Sessions Court, Bandipora, after police indicted one Manzoor Ahmad Sheikh during preliminary investigation for conspiring with army to kill Irfan for money. Sheikh, who was initially believed to be the lone eyewitness of the killing of Irfan, was booked by police for murder.
Irfan’s father Ghulam Nabi said, the police are yet to produce challan against the involved army personnel before the court even after he moved the High Court with the petition seeking completion of the investigation. “Sumbal sub-divisional police officer who is the investigating officer in the case has failed to produce challan,” he said.
A police officer said on the condition of anonymity that the final challan couldn’t be produced because army authorities were not cooperating in the investigation.