Was his life worth Rs 500, asks J&K constable whose brother died in Army fire

Written by Naveed Iqbal | Srinagar | Published: July 14, 2018 10:20:33 pm

According to multiple witnesses, Khalid was walking back home, a jar of milk in his hand, when a soldier fired at him from the roof of a shop.

Pen, paper and his constable guide in front of him, Talib Hussain Malik examines the sections mentioned in the FIR about his younger brother’s killing. “This amounts to about two years in prison and a fine of Rs 500,” he screams, his hands shaking, his face crimson. “Is that what they think my brother’s life was worth?”

Asks Wasim Malik, the eldest brother in the family, “There are three guardians of the Constitution in this family. If we cannot expect justice, then who can?”

Twenty two-year-old Khalid Gaffar Malik 22, was killed after being hit in the neck at close range by a bullet fired by the Army in Trehgam in Kupwara, North Kashmir, Wednesday. Three of Khalid’s brothers wear the uniform, while another brother and a sister, the youngest of the siblings, are still in school. Khalid ran shops outside the family’s two-storey home in Trehgam. The siblings lost their mother in a cloudburst last year.

Wasim is a constable in the J&K Police, posted at Parihaspora near Srinagar. Asif is in the Territorial Army and is…

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