9 years on, justice eludes family of slain Munwarabad youth

Family of a crippled musician who was killed by paramilitary CRPF troopers at Munwarabad area here in 2006 has sought intervention of the Chief Minister, Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, to bring the accused to book.
9 years on, justice eludes family of slain Munwarabad youth

Family of a crippled musician who was killed by paramilitary CRPF troopers at Munwarabad area here in 2006 has sought intervention of the Chief Minister, Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, to bring the accused to book. 

On the night of June 30, 2006, the musician Inayatullah Bhat was shot dead by troopers of CRPF's 46th battalion stationed at Munwarabad.  "For the past nine years, we have been moving from pillar to post to get justice. It is ironical that despite evidence and eye-witness accounts, the accused troopers are yet to be punished," said Inayat's father, Rehmatullah Bhat. 

Inayat's killing had triggered protests and clashes in the City for many days. Police had registered a case (FIR No. 56/2006 under section 307) which was changed to Section 302 after Inayat succumbed to his injuries in a hospital. 

"Inayat had suffered multiple fractures on his hip bone when he fell from third storey of his house in 2003. He was operated upon many times and remained bedridden for nearly two years. He was a musician and also looked after my bakery shop near the CRPF camp. The accused CRPF men were infuriated after Inayat demanded money for the bread they purchased from our shop," said Rayees, brother of Inayat. 

"After dragging him out of the shop, the troopers fired upon him resulting in his death. Later the troopers tried to cover up their crime claiming Inayat ran towards their camp and they mistook him as a militant. We have evidences including medical reports to prove that he could not even walk properly without support," he said.  

Bhat said after his son's killing, "several politicians assured to help us to get justice. But all these assurances turned out to be political gimmick."  "I seek intervention of Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed to help us in bringing the accused to book," Bhat added.

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