Police initially refused to register an FIR and did so only on the directions of the local court. The 17-year-old's death triggered a cycle of violence in Kashmir in the summer of 2010, which left 113 dead. The post-mortem report had confirmed that Matoo was killed by a firearm. The police had, however, denied any role in his killing. On September 26, 2011, the HC directed the police to constitute a SIT to investigate the case, after the family filed a petition. In June, the HC granted two-month time to the SIT to complete its investigation.
In the status report, the police promised HC that "secret search" for evidence would continue.