The Jammu and Kashmir government on Monday told the Supreme Court that a 26-year-old man, who died in the ongoing protests in the Valley, succumbed to pellet injuries and was not shot at point-blank range, as claimed by his father.
Terming the death unfortunate, the state government said the autopsy report revealed that the young man, who was allegedly killed at Tengpora in Batamaloo area of Srinagar on July 10, died of pellet injuries.
The father of the deceased, Abdul Rehman Mir, has alleged that his son was shot by police at his home at point blank range on July 10. But the Jammu and Kashmir police claims the man died during street protests in the Valley.
“It’s an unfortunate incident. We are not treating it as an adversarial litigation. It is unfortunate that young people are dying in disturbances in the state. The post-mortem report belies the claim of victim’s father,” attorney general Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for state government, told a bench of Justice PC Ghose and Justice Amitava Roy.
The post-mortem was conducted on the direction of the apex court.
On August 12, the apex court had ordered the exhumation and autopsy of the victim’s body under the supervision of the district and sessions judge. It observed that it was a serious matter and such a situation should be handled humanely and with extreme sensitivity.
The bench posted the matter for further hearing on November 23.