Posted Sun, 10/04/2009
We Don’t Expect Justice From Govt: Residents
Varmul, Oct 3: “They killed my friend on Gandhi’s birthday. He wasn’t carrying a gun to kill anybody? How can they kill people like this?” asks a boy outside the house of 13-year old Irfan Ahmad Lone, killed on Friday in police shelling. And, before he could tell his name, the kid broke down in wails to be carried away by the fellow youth for medical attention.
Irfan’s father, Ghulam Rasool Lone, migrated from Badwan (Gurez) to Varmul 15 years ago and settled at Drangbal, Varmul, in the outskirts of the main town. Lone had only one dream- to provide best possible education to his children- but the brutal killing of his son has shattered his dreams.
“My son had just stepped out to fetch vegetables for the family. He was too young to carry the load of even the school bag, how could he be associated with stone pelting?” he asked. He said they didn’t expect any justice from the government as the probes in earlier killings in the village had not yielded any result.
“In the previous probes, not a single person has been indicted in the killing of youths. How can I now expect justice from the administration?” he asked.
The people of this village are united as if death binds them together. From every walk of life, they are making a beeline at Irfan’s house. Just a few yards away is the house of Tariq Ahmad Malik, who was killed in police firing on June 29 this year.
A few years ago, one Abdul Rahim Dar, a government teacher, was subjected to custodial death and his body was recovered from Bandipore.
The atmosphere is emotional as Irfan’s death is the third such incident in the village in just three months past. “The death of Irfan has crippled us, just three months back I carried the body of my brother, Tariq, on my shoulders and now it is the tenderbody of Irfan,” said Tanveer Ahmad.
Two hundred yards away from Tanveer’s house is the home of Manzoor Ahmad Bhat, who is crippled for life after a police bullet hit his spinal cord on June 29.
“Drangbal is a classic case of police brutality, we have buried two youths in just three months and one youth has been paralyzed for life, but not a single person from police has been punished for these killings though probe after probe was ordered by the district administration,” says Fayaz Ahmad, a resident.