In occupied Kashmir, the family of lecturer Shabbir Ahmad Mangoo, who was lynched by Indian troops last year, despite having little hope of seeing punishment to the culprit soldiers has vowed to keep up the resolve to fight for justice.
According to media sources, the family of Shabbir Mangoo, who was a resident of Khrew area of Pulwama district, has rejected several offers from the army to withdraw their case. The family told media men in Srinagar that police had failed to make any progress on the probe.
“It has been nearly a year since my brother, who was the lone hope for all of us, was killed by the army. The investigations are yet to take place to punish the army men responsible,” said a family member of the slain lecturer. Family members recounted how at 10:20pm on August 17 last year, nearly 200 troops started breaking down their gate with stones. The family said that two soldiers jumped over the wall and opened the gate from inside. “Soon after stepping inside, the army men started ransacking our house. First they damaged a parked car and then doors, windows and other belongings inside our home.” According to the family, the army men first dragged Zahoor Ahmad Mangoo, brother of the slain lecturer, out of the house and beat him. They then turned upon Shabir, who had been studying in his room at the time the army men attacked.
Shabbir’s sister said that her brother pleaded before the army men that he was not a stone-pelter but a lecturer who teaches students. “Without listening to him, the army men kept on beating both my brothers with bamboo sticks, iron rods and other things they had in their hands,” she said. The army had picked up about 60 youth, including Shabbir and Zahoor, from the village that night. The troops killed Shabbir in custody. “The troops threw his body into a drain near our village after he succumbed to his grave injuries at 3am.,” she added. “He was working as a contractual lecturer and was teaching English. Why then did the army kill him without any provocation from our side?” she asked. She said the loss of her brother had shattered the entire family. “All of us in the family have lost hope of a happy life,” she grieved.