Six days after a Srinagar boy was killed during minor stone-pelting clashes between police and protesters, authorities are reluctant to make the post-mortem report public as it reportedly identifies firearms as the cause of death rather than any murder mystery as projected by police.
An internal police inquiry, which senior police officials are reluctant to admit, has already identified two constables who fired teargas smoke shells and rubber bullets last Friday, which allegedly led to the death of school-boy Tufail Ahmad Mattoo (17) at Ghani Memorial Stadium in Srinagar’s Rajouri Kadal.
Highly placed sources told the Hindustan Times that Deepak Kumar, DIG Central Kashmir, has started an internal inquiry to know the cause and circumstances of the death. Sources said two constables who fired smoke-shells on Friday have been identified.
“Our doctor was present at the time of post-mortem and I also saw the body. They say there was residue of teargas-smoke shell inside the head. The hair was burnt too, which was visible,” said Showkat Ahmad, uncle of the Class XII student Mattoo.
The local news channels in Srinagar quoted a number of eyewitnesses, who were at the spot where Matto fell to the ground after being hit by something, as saying: “he police are lying that it’s a mysterious death and some two commuters in a Maruti car was responsible for the killing. We all saw police approaching Matoo when he collapsed on the ground. They checked on him. When they found him dead, they left the stadium. They did not bother to take the victim to hospital,” said a Rajouri Kadal resident, pleading not to be named.
Deputy Commissioner Mehraj Kakroo and SSP Srinagar Riyaz Bedar however denied recieving any post mortem report.
Sources said that in order to ascertain the cause of death, authorities have asked for live shells and rubber bullets from police control room to match with the dimensions of the wounds recorded in the post-mortem report.
The police on Friday ruled out speculation about the boy dying at a police action or due to smoke-shells. A police spokesman said, “As per medical examination of the wound of the victim, the case appears to be of a deliberate murder. The police are on the look out of the two persons who dropped the deceased at the SMHS hospital in a Maruti car and disappeared from the scene.”