Hokersar Encounter: Families urge govt to handover bodies for burial

Hokersar Encounter: Families urge govt to handover bodies for burial

 

SRINAGAR, Dec 31: The family members of Zubair Ahmed, a slain militant from Tarkwangam Shopian on Thursday requested Jammu and Kashmir government to handover his body for its burial in their ancestral graveyard.

The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Wednesday claimed to have killed three militants including a son of a police officer in an 18-hour long encounter at Lawaypora area of Srinagar outskirts. However, families of the trio slain militants claimed innocence of their wards while staging protest demonstrations outside Police Control Room Srinagar.

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As per the family, the trio had left their home to submit forms at Kashmir University and at some tuition center.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, Mother of Zubair Ahmad urged Jammu and Kashmir government to hand over their son to them so that they can bury him at their ancestral graveyard. She said, “Now the only thing I want is to bury my son in his ancestral graveyard so that his sisters can visit him and pray for his soul”.

She added, “Had he told me that I am with militants, I would have said the same. However, Zubair was not a militant and now he is gone”.

Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir’s Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh Thursday said that he has no reason to dispute what a senior army official has stated about Lawaypora encounter in which three “militants were killed”, but added that police will “still investigate the claims made by families of the slain trio.”

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‘At times families are unaware about activities of their children If slain youth had gone to submit admission form, what were they doing at the encounter site, Not important every militant is listed with police’, he added.

Jammu and Kashmir’s Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh was addressing a press conference in Jammu city.

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