The family of 26-year-old son Saleem Malik has rubbished the claims about the presence of militants in the area and has sought answers as to why their son was killed in cold blood by government forces despite no encounter taking place.
Malik, a resident of Magray Mohalla Noorbagh was killed early Thursday morning by government forces here in Kashmir capital Srinagar.
The family is still in shock, narrating the killing episode to everyone who visits their house to express solidarity with them.
“My son was fond of raring sheep and pigeon and never in his life he had picked up a stone in his hand. Why was he killed when he was not a militant? and had a clean police record. Why was he killed when no militant was present in the area? and there was no encounter at all,” questions Muhammad Yaqoob Malik, the father of the slain youth who according to him was brutally gunned down by government forces.
While divulging information about the incident, Muhammad Yaqoob said that after watching the cricket match on Wednesday night, all the family members went to sleep. “For morning prayers I, as usual, came downstairs for ablution but found men in uniform outside. I along with my son offered prayers inside the room. My son Salim went outside to close the door of sheep shed that he found open. As he tried to close the door, the government forces without asking him anything pumped bullets into his body. My son had received at least 7 bullets in his belly. The Forces personnel fired at least 50 rounds at a time as they were confronting militants,” he said.
The father of the slain youth said that if it was a search operation, it was the duty of the police officials to enter into my house for questioning. “Neither any militant was present in the area nor was there was any encounter as is claimed by Indian media,” he said and demanded stern punishment for the killers.
“How can they kill any innocent youth without any justification? It is these killings which force youth of Kashmir to join militancy. It was a cold-blooded murder,” he said. (with inputs from CNS)