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Protests continue in Kashmir over boy's death


Mufti Islah,CNN-IBN
Jun 15, 2010 at 11:14am IST

Srinagar: Protests continue over the killing of class 12 student Tufail Mattoo in Kashmir. Police and paramilitary troops are out in full force to ensure protestors don't spill on to the streets. Fierce clashes in the last three days have left nearly 100 protestors and some police personnel injured.

Following public outcry authorities ordered an investigation headed by a senior police officer into the causes and circumstances that led to the killing of the teenaged student, which is fourth such case in Srinagar since January 2010.

Three teenagers, Wamiq, Zahid and Irfan, were allegedly killed in operations carried out by police and paramilitary troops.

Meanwhile, a team of doctors have completed the autopsy of the boy and pointed out the cause of death due to firing of smoke shell.

Pushed on the backfoot, police are now searching for answers.

"Either some thing is wrong with our training. Maybe our men are too busy with law and order and they have no time for in-service training. These are matter which needs to be discussed at police headquarters level. We have to take measures so that such mishaps don't occur," said IGP Kashmir Farooq Ahmad.

Police also assured of a fair investigation into the case.

"Inquiry will be very transparent, very clear and the outcome shall be visible to all," said Ahmad.

But for life to limp back to normalcy in Kashmir, words should translate into action.

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