Youth’s death inexcusable,will ensure justice: Omar

Angry protesters pelted stones at Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s cavalcade as he was returning after meeting the family of 20-year-old Altaf Ahmad Sood

Written by Mir Ehsan | Boniyar | Published:January 4, 2012 12:25 am

Angry protesters pelted stones at Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s cavalcade on Tuesday as he was returning after meeting the family of 20-year-old Altaf Ahmad Sood,who was reportedly killed by Central Industrial Security Force personnel on Monday,when villagers were protesting against shortage of electricity at North Kashmir’s Boniyar town.

Omar,who flew to Boniyar from Jammu on Tuesday morning,met the family of the deceased student at Barnate village near the LoC and promised action against the guilty jawans. Five CISF jawans,including an officer,have already been arrested and the government has announced a magisterial probe into the incident.

At Barnate village,neighbours and relatives of the Sood family assembled at their house to meet the CM. “I want justice for my son,” Altaf’s mother Begum Jan told Omar soon after he entered the house. Altaf’s father,Bashir Ahmad,said,“My son was my only hope. I was doing menial jobs to raise money for his education and he was a good student. Unfortunately,the CISF personnel snatched him away.” He said that Altaf was not part of any protest demonstration. “He was waiting for a bus when he was hit by the bullets,” Bashir said.

Omar who spent 15 minutes with the family assured them that stern action will be taken against the guilty CISF personnel. He slammed the CISF over the killing,accusing it of using “excessive” force. “The government will spare no effort in handing over severe punishment to the culprits. Justice will be done. To give justice to Altaf I can go to any court in the country. The circumstances of his death are tragic,shocking and inexcusable,” Omar told the family.

Meanwhile,CISF chief N R Das visited the firing spot and said that his force will conduct a parallel internal inquiry into the incident.

He promised that the guilty will be punished and added that initial reports suggested that his men were “outnumbered” at the protest site. — With PTI

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