Residents of north Kashmir’s Langate seek stern action against killers of class 7th student




Srinagar: A day after the class seventh student was killed in Mandigam village Langate area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district; the residents of the village on Friday sought stern action the involved personnel and demanded a judicial probe be initiated to identify the involved personnel.

However, the family of slain boy didn’t talk to media persons, saying that nothing will happen to those who killed their beloved.

Father of slain boy said, “We have seen such kind of situation. Many youth were killed so far but no action has been taken against any personnel. There are many incidents where authorities announced inquiry but didn’t yield any result.”

Meanwhile, the locals who visited the bereaved family today said that Owais Ahmad Mir who was killed on late Thursday evening following the culmination of first phase of elections, was an innocent and was targeted by the forces outside his home.

“Owais was just outside his home where he was playing with his little friends but forces shot him twice in his head as well as chest, leaving him seriously wounded,” the locals said, adding that he was rushed to the hospital where he was declared brought dead.

The slain class 7th student’s neighbours especially women were seen wailing today at his house, raising slogans against the killing of a little boy.

The neighbours of slain Owais said that those at the helm should investigate the matter thoroughly and should taken stern action against the trooper involved in his killing.

“A judicial probe must be initiated in this regard so that the real culprits are brought to book,” the locals said.

Meanwhile, a complete shutdown was observed in Manigam village and adjacent village of Langate today to protest against class 7th student’s killing.

All the shops and other business establishments remained closed throughout the day while as the traffic was also thin on the roads. (KNS)


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