J&K urged to expedite probe into 2010 killings

Amnesty International, India, has asked the Jammu and Kashmir government to reinvestigate the death of teenager Tufail Mattoo, who was allegedly killed by police here in July 2010. The organisation also urged the government to accelerate “delayed” investigations into similar killings.

Over 100 people were killed in the 2010 summer unrest in Kashmir. The protests started on June 11, 2010, when two police personnel allegedly killed 17-year-old Mattoo, as he walked home from a tuition centre. Amnesty International urged the J&K authorities to promptly bring the suspects to trial.

“Authorities in Jammu and Kashmir have an obligation under national and international law to conduct prompt and thorough investigations into the deaths. Delayed, partial or incomplete investigations violate the rights of the victims’ families to effective remedy and accountability, and contribute to the prevailing climate of impunity in J&K,” Amnesty International said in a statement.

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