Srinagar Jun 29:The family of youth, who allegedly committed suicide in 2011, Friday accused Jammu and Kashmir police of killing their son in cold blood. Police say Junaid Ahmad Khuroo, 20, of Kralteng Sopore in North Kashmir was a militant and had committed suicide while evading arrest.
But his father, Abdul Qayoom, Friday broke the silence saying the police claims were wrong.
Qayoom, a surrendered militant himself, rejected vehemently the police claim that his son was a militant and committed suicide.
He rebuffed that his son had fired on a CRPF bunker in the apple town.
Police had filed FIR No. 178/2011 dated 29-06-2001 under section 307 RPC in Sopore police station into the killing.
Police say on June 29, Junaid was chased by CRPF, after he fired on their bunker. He, according to police, took refuge in a local Mosque where he shot himself dead using his pistol.
“I out rightly rejected the police claim. My son was never associated with militancy,” Qayoom said. He accuses police of cooking a make-believe story to hoodwink the people in general and his family in particular.
He blamed police for torturing his son and later killed him in custody. “There is no truth in police claim. Police will not succeed in selling the lie through media, as everyone knew the truth about my son. Police were after my son like vultures from sometime. Like many other youth of the area, my son was no different, he also took part in widespread street protests in 2010. Hardly there was any youth in our area who had not participated in those protests. I wonder why my son was chosen to set a deterrent against the protesters. It’s foolhardy to conclude that my son was ever affiliated with militancy or shot dead himself. No one is ready to buy this blatant lie of police,” he said.
He said that six days prior to Junaid’s killing he was summoned by the police and was questioned for 5 hours. Qayoom further said, “At around 5 pm, I along with my wife Zahida Banoo took Junaid to the police station on June 23 in response to summon served to him by police. Then SHO had recorded his statement, wherein, he had said that he had taken part in last year street protests like many other youth of his age. The police had also taken his signatures on some papers about which Junaid had no idea. Late in the evening at 10 pm he was freed,” he said.
On June 29 Junaid had left for school to collect his roll number slip and enroute he had met couple of persons. Qayoom said, “My son was a reappear student of class 10th and on that day he had left home at around 9:00 am to collect the roll number slip to appear in the examination scheduled on July 9. On way to school he had met Bilal Ahmad and Zahoor Ahmad, both shopkeepers whom he had also told that he was going to fetch his examination slip. After his failure in 10th standard, he started working as a salesman at a medical clinic at Sopore for few months. He never showed any inclination towards militancy,” he said.
Qayoom further said that in the afternoon his mobile rang and he was informed about the death of his son. “The news shocked me and I was told to reach the police station to identify his body. On reaching there, I was shown his body which police refused to hand over at that point in time,” he says. Probably, police feared public reaction, he adds.
“When we received his body it was entirely wrapped in white bandage, which I strongly believe was to hide the excesses committed over my son in police custody. In procession, his body was buried for eternal rest in a local graveyard. Now police is refusing to share his autopsy report,” Qayoom laments.
While quoting only witness who saw a police officer entering the Mosque before the gunshots were heard by the people living nearby, Qayoom said, “The witness told me that he saw police officer entering the Mosque main-gate which made him suspicious. Suddenly, he heard gunshots. A little later, the officer asked him (witness) to enter the Mosque. He saw Junaid dead with a pistol lying on his left side with blood oozing out from his head.”
While highlighting some technical errors, Qayoom claimed that the witness had told him that Junaid’s footwear was neatly placed and the pistol was lying on his left side that put a big question mark on the police theory. “My son was a right hander and it is impossible for him to fire on left side of his head. There was no blood on the floor that gives an impression that his body was placed clandestinely there by the police and later a drama was managed to camouflage his killing,” he said.
Qayoom said from the scene it clearly appears that his son was killed somewhere and to camouflage a stage was managed to mislead the people about his killing.
Qayoom has decided to take judicial recourse and filed a writ petition in J&K High Court. When contacted his Counsel, Advocate Parvez Imroz said that they have received the copy of post mortem report of Junaid Ahmed Khuroo in which shows that the right handed slain youth was fired on the left side of his head. “Police has not provided us autopsy report and we are filed we would seek under Right to information Act,” Imroz said and claimed that Junaid was a student who never participated in any militant activity.