With the anger continuing to spill over the streets of Kashmir against the civilian killings at the hands of Police, CRPF and Army during last more than three weeks, preliminary probe by police into the killing of 20-year-old Riyaz Ahmad Shah of Chattabal Srinagar has revealed that there was no incident of stone pelting in the area. The finding seems to substantiate the accusation by locals and family of the deceased youth that it was a cold blooded murder.
Riyaz, who worked at a grocery store during the day and supplemented his income by working as guard at a local ATM at night, was on way to work when the paramilitary CRPF stopped his two-wheeler near a bunker at Habba Kadal Tuesday night.
Preliminary investigations by the police have revealed that the area was quiet when they found Riyaz's body approximately an hour after he was shot. A senior police officer, monitoring the developments, said that apparently there was no incident of stone pelting reported from that area at that time. "It does seem that it's a security forces' action which led to this death," the officer said adding that they have obtained CCTV footage to identify those who fired the gun and why.
The officer said preliminary investigations have revealed that Riyaz has been shot 183 meters away from bunker of CRPF 38 Battalion. The officer said they are going to form a Special Investigation Team to probe the killing.
"He was beaten before they put a pellet gun at his stomach and fired. It is a cold blooded murder," his brother Zahoor Ahmed Shah had told reporters. Riyaz had died on the spot.
Autopsy report later revealed that a full cartridge of pellets had been fired in his stomach from point-blank range.
The police have filed a murder case – the first since the protests and killings started on July 9 following the death of Hizbul Mujahideen Commander Burhan Wani.
Special Director General CRPF, S N Srivastava, said that they will cooperate with police in the investigation.
Inspector General of CRPF today visited the spot to take stock of the situation.