Police lodged FIR against father of killed youth: Mehbooba

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Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti Sunday said that Police had registered an FIR against the father of a youth killed in an encounter in December in Lawaypora area on the outskirts of the Srinagar.

Athar Mushtaq, along with two other youth Ajaz Maqbool Ganai and Zubair Ahmad Lone, were killed in an encounter on December 31, 2020.

Police had said that while they were not listed as militants in their records, two of them had “radical thoughts”.

Mehbooba said Police booked the father of Athar Mushtaq for “demanding” the body of his son.

“After losing his son in an alleged fake encounter, Athar Mushtaq’s father has been slapped with an FIR for demanding his dead body. His crime was to stage a peaceful protest. The inhabitants of Naya Kashmir can’t even question a callous admin & have been reduced to living corpses (sic),” she tweeted.

The families of the three have been holding protests and demanding the return of their bodies, claiming they were innocents and killed in a “fake encounter”. Police officials did not respond to repeated queries about Mehbooba’s claim.