Swab samples of J-K youth killed in 2010 to be sent to lab
More than 20 months after Tufail Mattoo was killed in a clash between demonstrators and police, leading to the 2010 summer unrest in the Valley, swabs from the teenager's body will be sent for forensic tests on Tuesday.india Updated: Feb 12, 2012 20:35 IST
More than 20 months after Tufail Mattoo was killed in a clash between demonstrators and police, leading to the 2010 summer unrest in the Valley, swabs from the teenager's body will be sent for forensic tests on Tuesday.
It was only during a probe by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) did they come to know of the three samples, which were collected from Mattoo's body for establishing the nature of the weapon of offence, but not sent for forensic tests, official sources said.
The samples were collected for carrying out Gun Shot Residue (GSR) test for establishing the weapon that was used to shoot at 17-year-old Mattoo at Rajouri Kadal here on June 11, 2010.
As conflicting versions were given by police at the time of Mattoo's death, these tests could have thrown light on the case, which is pending before a court here, they said.
Interestingly, the team of doctors, which conducted the postmortem of the teenager, have made no mention of the three samples in their report, the sources said.
Following the samples' recovery, SIT had already authenticated them by the magistrate, in whose presence these were taken and will now be dispatched to Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Trombay, they said.
BARC is the only facility in the country which is equipped to carry out the GSR test.
A letter, authorising BARC to open the seal of the samples, will be obtained from the magistrate tomorrow and the samples will be dispatched to the laboratory on Tuesday, the sources said.
The death of Mattoo had led to widespread protests and violence across Kashmir in 2010 that left 120 persons dead and thousands injured.