Killers of Tufail Mattoo roaming scot-free: Geelani

SRINAGAR: Paying tributes to Tufail Mattoo and others killed in 2010, Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Monday reiterated the pledge to take the mission of martyrs to its logical end. In a statement, Geelani said the sacrifices of martyrs will not be allowed to go waste and their mission will be accomplished at all costs. “We will not forget the warm blood of our young martyrs and will strive hard to achieve the goal for which they have sacrificed their lives,” Geelani said, adding, “The brutal armed forces killed 125 innocents like Zahid Farooq, Wamiq Farooq and Tufail Matto in a cold blood murder.” Expressing displeasure over the government’s failure in bringing the culprits to book, Hurriyat chairman said “the cops involved in brutal killing of Tufail Mattoo in downtown Srinagar during 2010 peaceful agitation are still roaming scout free. It was a cold-blooded murder and those culprits who killed innocent Tufail Matto must be punished”. “There is no check nor those involved in innocent killings are tried for their heinous crimes, (they are) instead awarded and rewarded, and, as such, they feel free to kill whosoever comes in their way,” he added. Blaming “local stooges” for these merciless killings, Geelani said there is no system to contain the “inhuman and heartless” activities of forces. “These killers enjoy impunity under the garb of draconian laws, thus there seems no letup in prevailing bloodshed in state,” he said. Meanwhile, on the directions of Geelani, a high-level delegation comprising Syed Mohammad Shafi, Mohammad Shafi Lone and Imtiaz Ahmad Shah visited the residence of Tufail Matoo to pay tributes to him. The delegation also expressed sympathy with the grieved family.



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