Srinagar: The Indian chapter of the international human rights organization Amnesty International (AI) Thursday Stressed upon the Jammu and Kashmir government to ensure an independent criminal investigation into the killing of a 24-year-old student Khalid Muzaffar by army personnel on 13 April in Tral.
Khalid was killed by Indian army personnel in the Kamla forests in Pulwama district on the morning of 13 April. The Indian army in a press statement said that Khalid was an ‘over ground worker’ for the Hizbul Mujahideen, armed group, and was killed in a gun battle with army personnel.
“The Director-General of Police, Jammu and Kashmir, told Amnesty International India that Khalid Muzafar Wani’s brother is a senior member of the Hizbul Mujahideen, and said that the police was investigating whether Khalid Muzafar Wani also had any links to armed groups,” an AI statement said.
Quoting Khalid’s father Muzaffar Wani Amnesty International India, the death of Khalid was a result of a ‘fake encounter’, or staged extrajudicial execution.
“The Jammu and Kashmir government must ensure a swift, thorough and impartial investigation to determine if Khalid Muzafar Wani was killed in an extrajudicial execution. They must also look into the family’s claims that he was targeted because of his brother’s suspected links with a banned armed group,” said Shemeer Babu, Programmes Director at Amnesty International India.