Kashmiri teenager shot dead by security forces, police investigate as video goes viral

Sixteen-year-old Akil Wani left his home to fetch medicines for his ailing mother on the morning of 9 April. Elections were being held for the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat. A few hours later, his parents received Akil's blood-soaked body.

A week later, footage, purportedly of Akil being shot dead at close range by paramilitary personnel, went viral. Akil was allegedly among the stone-pelters at Atnoo, where elections were being held. However, Firstpost could not confirm the authenticity of the video.

Akil's father insists that his son went out to get medicine for his mother. He is unable to come to terms with his son's death. He couldn't even visit the police station to lodge a complaint. "His face was disfigured. They shot him in the eye," Wani said.

However, the police are investigating after this clip, and some other videos, allegedly showing excesses being committed by paramilitary personnel and the Indian Army, spread like wildfire. One video that has surfaced purportedly shows a youth being thrashed by a group of paramilitary personnel.

A senior police official investigating Akil's case said that FIR had been registered at Beerwah police station and the statements of the witnesses will be recorded shortly. "The statements of some family members could not be recorded as they were busy attending the mourning rituals,'' he said.

Akil Wani. Image courtesy: Ishfaq Naseem

Akil Wani. Image courtesy: Ishfaq Naseem

Another video that was shared on social networking sites allegedly shows police beating up a youth in Pulwama, south Kashmir and making them raise slogans against Pakistan. However, police denied that the video was of the incident in Pulwama.

Police said they had to resort to retaliatory firing after some miscreants pelted stones at them near the Government Degree College in Pulwama. Rumours that the police were carrying out a raid on the college premises floated around social networking sites.

The police, in a press statement, said they had erected a barricade 200 metres away from the college and that some miscreants began pelting stones at them after class ended.

The statement read: "Reinforcements were rushed to the spot to handle the mob, which had swelled as more and more students joined in. A few miscreants and some police personnel were injured. One was sent to Srinagar hospital. His condition is stable."

Another video showed CRPF personnel being assaulted by some locals at Kralapora, Chadoora. Some youth were arrested after police registered a case.

Defense Spokesperson Col Rajesh Kalia, said, "The veracity of the new videos is being ascertained. We are already probing the incident in which a boy was tied to the bonnet of one of our jeeps."

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, terming the acts in the videos as "unacceptable", expressed her anguish and sought a detailed report from the police in order to initiate necessary action.


Published Date: Apr 16, 2017 09:44 pm | Updated Date: Apr 16, 2017 09:44 pm


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