Srinagar, Feb 2:
The family of 12th standard Danish Manzoor of Nadihal, Baramulla, who died in forces firing on August 31 last year, is reluctant to accept government’s compensation saying, “How can a family forget their child for money.”
On August 31, Manzoor Ahmad Lone, a fruit grower, had sent his younger son, Auqib to Fruit Mandi Sopore along with a tractor laden with apples.
It was the time when fruit growers had changed the timing of their business. The timing of apple transportation to Sopore Fruit Mandi was from dusk to dawn rather than dawn to dusk during the unrest triggered by killing of 21-year-old Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8.
“We became restless after hearing about a firing incident at Fruit Mandi, Sopore. Our younger son Danish went outside in hurry to enquire whether his brother (Auqib) had returned from Fruit Mandi or not. After the firing incident, people started thronging towards the highway,” said Lone.
He said as they were waiting for Auqib’s return, someone told them that Danish was lying in a pool of blood on a roadside after being injured in forces firing.
“The moment I heard Danish was hit by a bullet, I lost sense and sight,” Lone said.
Danish was a 12th class student
When asked whether the family would accept the government compensation, he said, “How can a mother or a father forget their son for money”.
Asked whether they have been offered compensation, Lone said, “We were approached by a village Numberdar and Chowkidar on behalf of the officials. They told us that Tehsildar, Baramulla has asked us to visit his office to avail compensation and a job”.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had recently announced in Legislative Assembly that a compensation of Rs 5 lakhs would be provided to families of those killed during the unrest last year.
“We refused to visit Tehsildar’s office,” said Lone adding, “We want justice instead of compensation.”
Tehsildar Baramulla, Moin Azhar Kakroo, admitted that they have received direction from the government to prepare case of SRO and compensation of the victim family.
“The Lone family has not agreed yet to the offer but we will try our best to persuade them to receive the compensation,” he said.
Asserting that they want justice and not compensation, Danish’s father said they approached Police station Panzullah for registration of FIR but police refused to register the case.
“When we went to police station, they categorically refused our plea citing directions from higher-ups not to register FIR in such cases,” he said.
The government has directed Deputy Inspectors General of Police (DIGs) to constitute district-level inquiry teams headed by the DySPs Headquarters to carry out time-bound probes in deaths of civilians and police personnel during the unrest last year.