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9 years on, justice eludes Wamiq Farooq’s family

Srinagar, Jan 31: Justice continues to elude the family of Wamiq Farooq , who was killed after a tear gas shell fired by the police hit him in near Gani memorial stadium in old city’s Rajouri Kadal in 2010.

On his ninth death anniversary, his father Farooq Ahmad said that justice is still a distant dream for them.


“I still have to move from pillar to post to seek justice. I have lost my son. He was innocent. Those who have killed my son should be given exemplary punishment. My son was everything to me.Nobody can fill the void, he has left in our lives, “he said.

Referring to the obstacles, he has been facing for the last nine years while pursuing the legal course; he said that the case was even transferred to Jammu after the accused claimed that no lawyer is coming forward to take up the case.

“For two consecutive years, I travelled to Jammu to appear for the case. I will not give up till culprits are put behind the bars. Nobody can bring back my son but I can ensure that perpetrators are brought to book,”he said.

Ahmad said that even though the accused, the then Sub Inspector (SI) Abdul Khaliq Sofi and Special Police Officer (SPO) Mohammad Akram Dar are facing the charges of “culpable homicide not amounting to murder’’ they continue to roam free as court has recently granted them bail.

He said that “I fail to understand, how the court granted the bail to accused.”
“I even threatened to end my life. The guilty have been pleading before the court that on 31/01/2010, due to heavy stone pelting, public disturbance, (Khaliq) along with others was on duty to maintain law and order, “he said.
Ahamd said that “this is totally in contrast to facts.”

“There was no law and order problem in the area, everything was normal. For the last six months, the case is not coming up for hearing. Now the case is going to come up for hearing on February 6.I hope court will go by merits,”he added.

On Monday, chairman Hurriyat (M), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said that justice continues to elude the family of Wamiq Farooq, who was killed after a tear gas shell hit him in Srinagar in 2010.

Taking to Twitter, Mirwaiz said the 13 year old, Wamiq, then a class 7 student, was killed when a teargas shell fired by police hit him nine years ago.

“Justice eludes him till this day! His grieved father and many others like him relentlessly continue their fight to seek justice for the brutal killings of their loved ones,” Mirwaiz wrote on Twitter.