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Probe ordered in teen's death

india Updated: Jun 13, 2010 00:30 IST
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The Jammu and Kashmir police on Saturday ordered an inquiry into the alleged killing of a school-boy by the security forces in Srinagar on June 11.

"Once the postmortem report is received and the cause of the death ascertained, the department will order an internal probe through the DIG Srinagar and the delivery of justice will be visible to the general public," a police press note said.

Tufail Ahmad Matoo (17), a class XII student, died after he received head injuries during a demonstration in the old city on Friday.

Srinagar observed a shutdown amid restrictions by the police in the old city and violent protests by young people.

"People came out despite the prohibitory orders. We allowed them for the boy’s burial," said SP (North city) Rashid Paul.

There have been conflicting versions of Matoo’s death. Eyewitnesses said that Matoo was shot when the police fired while chasing a stone-pelting mob. Matoo was not part of the protests, they said.

Doctors at the Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital in Srinagar, where Matoo was brought dead, said that his skull was hit hard, resulting in fracture and the brain matter coming out.

The police, on the other hand, denied this. First they said that the boy "might have been hit by a stone or might have fallen down".

But the police changed its position and claimed that the "case appears to be of a deliberate murder and the police are on the lookout for the two persons who dropped the deceased at the SMHS hospital in a Maruti car and disappeared from the scene".

Despite restrictions, thousands of people participated in the funeral of the boy. Moderate separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman Yasin Malik were part of the funeral procession.