Year on, justice eludes slain Batamaloo youth’s family

Justice continues to elude family of a Batamaloo youth who was killed allegedly in BSF firing a year ago.
Sajad Hassan, originally a resident of Chadoosa, Baramulla district, was living with his family at S D Colony, Batamaloo. He was shot on his head allegedly by the BSF men on 15 April, 2017 at Reki Chowk Batamaloo here. He was declared brought dead at the SMHS hospital.

“Despite registration of FIR, no action has been taken against the accused,” family members of Sajjad Hassan told Greater Kashmir.
Following the killing, police had registered a FIR under section 302 at police station Batamaloo against the 38 battalion BSF.
“The FIR clearly mentions that it was the case of murder but one year has passed and nothing has been done in this regard other than false promises of justice”, said Sheikh Mehraj Hassan, elder brother of Sajjad.

“There was no stone pelting in the area. Still they killed my brother. It was targeted killing. I want to know why they killed my son, we don’t want this case to be an open and shut like other cases of killings, we want justice,” said a family member.
Sajjad Hassan (18) was the youngest among four siblings and was studying in 8th class at the time of his killing.
“He had arrived at Batamaloo after spending 12 day working at our small orchard in the village. Soon after the arrival, he picked his cricket bat and went to play with friends in a nearby ground. He was a cricket enthusiast”, the family said.
“We are moving from pillar to post for justice. We appeal senior police officers to expedite probe into the case,” he said.