Police rebut witness’s claim
TUFAIL MATOO MURDER CASE
Srinagar, Apr 7: Police on Thursday rebutted the claims of a witness who had identified a police constable for his alleged involvement in the killing of 17-year-old Tufail Matoo.
The Investigation Officer in the case submitted before the Chief Judicial Magistrate that the witness has “wrongly identified the police constable in the identification parade. The identified policeman was not deployed in the area at the time of killing but was working in the Police Lines Srinagar.”
On Mar 16, a veiled woman during an identification parade in Rainawari Police station identified a cop in connection with the killing of Matoo.
Subsequently, the policeman was taken into custody for questioning before the magistrate.
However, police today rebutted the claims of the woman before the court.
Besides, the CJM today asked the police to expedite investigation into the teenager’s killing and file report on April 12.
Matoo’s death triggered massive protests in the valley and at least 112 civilians were killed in subsequent five months in 2010 in police and CRPF action.
Tufail was returning home from tuitions on June 11 last year when a police teargas shell reportedly hit him near Gani Memorial College in old city, killing him on the spot.
The police even refused the file an FIR initially and it was on the directions of the court that a case was registered.
Lastupdate on : Thu, 7 Apr 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 7 Apr 2011 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 8 Apr 2011 00:00:00 IST
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