On the 7th anniversary of Tufail Mattoo, father vows to continue struggle for justice

Srinagar: Tufail Mattoo, a 17-year old kid whose killing sparked the 2010 public uprising, will be remembered on his 7th death anniversary today.

On the occasion, his father Mohammad Ashraf Mattoo, said that his struggle for justice will continue.

“We will continue to strive and struggle for justice,” Mattoo said.

Family and friends of Mattoo will be performing Fathia Khawani of Tufail on his seventh anniversary at Mazar-e-Shohada (Martyrs’ Graveyard) at 10: am today.

The teenager was killed when the government forces shot a teargas canister at him. The shell hit him on the head and Tufail died on the spot. The slain teenager was coming back home from his tuitions.

The then Chief Minister Omar Abdullah appointed a retired judge Justice ML Koul to probe the civilian killings of 2010. The Koul Commission report was handed over to the present Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in December 2016 in which it was recommended that a CBI enquiry should be ordered in Tufail’s case.

However, the slain teenager’s father rejected the commission report and called it a ‘cover up’.

““I had appeared before the commission with a hope that the points raised by me in my letter to it would be considered. One of the main points was that it should also summon and examine the perpetrators responsible for my son’s killing and also question those who were at the helm of affairs in 2010, including the Chief Minister,” Mattoo had said.

“But, what appears, as is evident from the news reports about the commission’s final report, the perpetrators have been let off and it now appears to me that the judicial commission was just a cover-up,” he had added.

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