Boy killed by shell was miscreant: Police20 February 2010
The Daily Excelsior
SRINAGAR: Dismissing the allegations that 13-year-old boy killed at Gojwara last month was innocent, police have informed a local court here that Wamiq Farooq Wani was part of the 'unlawful assembly' of stone-pelters on the day of the incident and was injured when police fired tear smoke shells in self-defence and to restore peace in the area. The police claim came in a two-page report filed by the SSP Srinagar in the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate CJM) Srinagar submitted through the Chief Prosecuting Officer (CPO). CJM Mohammad Ibrahim Wani earlier this week had directed the SSP Srinagar to file a report on the tear smoke shelling incident on January 31 in which Wamiq Farooq, a seventh standard student was killed after his father had filed an application seeking registration of a murder case. The SSP in his report said during the course of investigation, the investigating officer visited the place of occurrence, prepared a site plan and recorded the statements of witnesses. 'The statements of witnesses so recorded revealed that on the said day when the police was trying to disperse the unlawful assembly, they were surrounded by the miscreants from all directions near the Islamia High School and when all other means failed, the police party fired a tear smoke (shell) to disperse them in order to restore peace and save their lives,' the SSP said. He said the violent mob caused extensive damage to a vehicle belonging to police station Nowhatta. 'The statements further revealed that the tear smoke shells were fired in self-defence and to disperse the unlawful assembly.' The SSP said during the course of investigation, it was learnt that one of the 'miscreants', who was part of the unlawful assembly has got injured and was taken to hospital by some of his accomplices. 'The injured accused person subsequently succumbed to his injuries at SKIMS Soura on the same day, who was later identified as Wamiq Farooq Wani, Son of Farooq Ahmad Wani, a resident of Chana Mohalla Rainawari,' the report of the officer said. He also said that the miscreant were carrying stones, lathis and other similar objects and started pelting stones and other objects at the police party 'with (the) intention to cause death'. The SSP said the investigation of the case is going on and efforts are afoot to identify the other accused persons, so that the investigation of the case is concluded on merits. Local residents of Gojwara area and friends of Wamiq have maintained that he was not part of the mob when the incident took place. They also claimed that he was returning home after playing a game of cricket at Gani Memorial Stadium. It is pertinent to mention here that the Government had announced the suspension of an Assistant Sub Inspector of Police who had allegedly fired the tear smoke shell and ordered an inquiry into the incident. The ruling National Conference Ministers and leaders had lauded Government action and urged the security forces to exercise restrain while dealing with street protests. However, the report of the SSP does not make a mention of the suspension of the ASI and any further action taken in this regard.