Tahir’s Family Refuses Compensation, Demands Punishment for Errant Soldiers

People marching towards Tahir’s house in old town Baramullah. Photo: Yaqoob Lala

By: Sameer Yasir

Two days after a 24 year-old Tahir Rasool Sofi was killed allegedly by the soldiers of 46 RR near Kakarhaman bridge in old town Baramullah, clashes between protesters and forces continue in the area.

Despite strict curfew imposed in the area, thousands of people gathered outside Tahir’s house from where they marched towards Azad Gunj area of the town.Protesters shouting anti-India and pro-freedom slogans were demanding immediate arrest of culprits responsible for Tahir’s death.

Heavy deployment of forces to impose restriction in Baramullah. Photo: Yaqoob Lala

Talking to Kashmir Life, Tahir’s brother, Sajad Ahamd Sofi, declined the J&K governments offer of compensation.”We don’t want any compensation from the government. We want murderers to be punished,” said Sofi.

Punishment to army personnel responsible for killing Tahir is enough for us. We don’t need anything else,” he added.

Locals have decided to offer Friday prayers jointly at Qadeem Iddgah, Baramulla.

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