Srinagar: The bodies of the three yet-to-be identified militants killed in the Pampore encounter were buried in a graveyard in Kitchama village, 7km from Uri.
Soon after the encounter ended, Police took the bodies to Pampore police station but refused to hand them over to the local population.
The bodies were then taken to the District Hospital, Baramulla, where a doctor, Khurshid Ahmad, said he conducted their autopsy inside a police vehicle. Dr. Khurshid, who had been called to the vehicle for conducting autopsy, told Kashmir Reader, “I completed the formalities.”
Ever since the death of Lashkar-e-Toiba’s Kashmir chief Abu Qasim in November last year, the forces have been burying all Pakistani militants in Uri.
The police had dug three graves for the slain trio in a piece of land behind Higher Secondary School, Bonyar, about 90km from Srinagar. But the local residents took to streets and protested against the police move and filled the graves with earth. Efforts of the local station house officer to convince the people for the burial failed.
The bodies were later taken to Kitchama village, where graves were being prepared when reports last came in.
Recently, residents of Badion village had refused to bury three Pakistani militants killed in Hajin town, saying ‘they didn’t know whether they have been burying civilians or militants’. The trio was later buried in Bonyar town.