Srinagar, July 03: The family of teenage Irfan Ahmad, who was killed in Indian army firing, Wednesday refused to accept government compensation as it named a ‘army informer’ for talking part in the brutal killing.
Refusing to accept compensation and government job, the family members of slain youth of Markundal alleged that Army informer Manzoor Shiekh was misleading media. They said the fact is that Manzoor and an Army trooper fired upon Irfan and killed him in cold blood.
While narrating their woeful tale, Irfan’s cousin, Nazir Ahmed Ganie said that he along with his cousin and Irfan were sleeping in the same room. “At around 12 that night few vehicles appeared in the village. People thought that thieves had again come to the village and shouted at them. The vehicles left the village and at around 3, they appeared again and we all were scared when we heard some scary noises outside,” Nazir said.
He added: as Irfan went outside, flood lights were lit by Army and we clearly saw Manzoor Ahmed Shiekh carrying a weapon in his hand.
He said as Irfan was under the spotlight we saw Manzoor and another Army trooper firing upon him. “He is misleading the media that he was in the vehicle. We are witness of Irfan’s killing and it was Manzoor who shot at Irfan first,” he said adding that police must interrogate Manzoor as he is the real culprit.
He claimed that apart from Manzoor, they saw another civilian Mohammad Saleem from Sadarkot Bala who was also accompanying Army on that fateful night.
Haneefa Banoo, Irfan’s mother, said that the family would not accept any compensation or job from the government. “The reality is that Manzoor mislead Army and I hold both Army and Manzoor guilty for killing my innocent son,” she said.
Bano said that Manzoor killed her son to take revenge from them. “Manzoor wanted to get her sister married to one of our relatives. We declined the proposal just because Army men frequently used to visit their home day in and day out. A few days back there was exchange of heated argument between the two families and my son had rebuked the brother of Manzoor who in turn had threatened him of dire consequences,” she said adding that Manzoor used Army to kill his innocent son. -CNS