Amid sobs and tears, the family of Shabir Ahmad Mir, who was killed in police firing at Tengpora, Batamaloo yesterday, has accused SHO of police station Batamaloo of killing their son in an ‘encounter style’ at their home.
The family and neighbors of slain youth told Rising Kashmir that Mir was an innocent and never indulged in stone pelting, who according them was killed by police only for sporting beard.
According to his family members, Shabir, a mason by profession, had returned from work at 5: 30 pm yesterday and had just offered Asar prayers when a police party led by SHO barged into their house and killed Mir in front of them.
“It was a target killing as there was stone pelting or protests were going on in the area. We were watching television when a group of policemen barged into our house and smashed glasses of the windows,” said Abdul Rehman Mir, father of the slain youth.
He alleged that police fired teargas shells into the house and beat up inmates including women.
“Without any provocation, the policemen went on rampage and beat everyone who came their way. They caught hold of my son (Shabir), who was sitting beside us in second floor and dragged him out in the backyard, where SHO shot at him from point blank,” Mir said.
He further said that after shooting Shabir, SHO dragged his injured son to neighbor’s yard while he was bleeding.
“He (SHO) shot him again in the abdomen in the neighbor’s yard,” said Mir. “It was like an encounter. Police killed him for no fault. He was sporting beard and I think it was his only crime to get killed”.
26- year- old Shabir Ahmad Mir was eldest son of his parents and discontinued his studies in 10th standard to support his family in earning the livelihood.
Wailing over the death of his son, Shabir’s mother Shehzada was crying that her son was innocent.
“Myoun gubur ha oos beqasoor, su’na oosnu kani lagawan’ (my son was innocent and was not pelting stones),” cried Shehzada while other women were consoling her.
Shabir’s brother Muzzafar Ahmad Mir said there was complete peace in the area. “No stone pelting had taken place in the area. Police beat my mother, sister and me and fired teargas shells at us. One of the shells hit my father”.
According to family, police fired at Mir at 5: 45 pm and did not allow any family member or neighbor to take him to hospital for 20 minutes.
“We were not allowed to move out for about 20 minutes after Shabir was shot at. When we went out, he was bleeding profusely,” his family members said.
Later, Shabir was rushed to SKIMS hospital Bemina, where doctors declared him brought dead.
Shabir Ahmad Dar, a neighbor of slain youth told Rising Kashmir that it was like an encounter.
“Police firing was totally unprovoked. They barged into the house, fired teargas shells and pepper gas inside as if some militant was hiding inside,” he said.
Locals accused police of not sparing the family members of slain youth even after killing their son. “The cops even fired teargas shells and pellets on his funeral procession.”
Shabir’s friend Arshid Ahmad said the deceased was a gentle and religious boy. “I know him from last ten years. He never used to pelt stones and was very gentle and used to offer five time prayers. He was like my brother, whom I have lost forever”.
Demanding justice, family members of slain youth said SHO and other policemen involved in their son’s killing should be brought to book and punished.
“It was our son today, tomorrow it may be some body’s else and how long they will continue to kill our innocent youth. The killers should be punished,” said father of the slain youth.
Meanwhile, SHO Police Station Batamaloo told Rising Kashmir that allegations that he was leading the police party in Tengpora yesterday were wrong.
“I have not moved out of the Reka Chowk area of Batamaloo for the whole day yesterday. I was not posted in Tengpora area and all these allegations are baseless,” he said.