Srinagar family owns militant killed in Kupwara, demands body

Srinagar family owns militant killed in Kupwara, demands body
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Srinagar: Claiming that the militant killed by government forces in Tunga Top forest area of Kupwara district on June 29 was their son, Mudasir Ahmad Bhat, family members and relatives held a protest at Press Enclave Srinagar on Sunday to demand the body of Mudasir.
Ghulam Ahmad Bhat, Mudasir’s father, said that Mudasir left his home in Old Barzulla Srinagar in December 2016 for some work. He stayed in touch with family members on phone, but in January his phone became switched off. The family then registered a missing report in Sadder police station.
“On June 29, at evening, we heard that Mudasir has been killed in an encounter. We then had it confirmed from our own sources. We went to our local police station and told them about our information,” said Ghulam Bhat.
“On June 30, we went to Kralpora police station in Kupwara district. The police there said that the killed militant was a foreigner and he had been buried. They said they did not have any photo of the killed militant,” Bhat said.
The militant slain in Kupwara had been buried in the woods of Zirhama area in Kupwara on Friday evening. Sources said that the army called some civilians to bury the body and did not allow anyone, including police, to take a photo of the slain militant.
Station House Officer (SHO) Sadder, Raees Ahmad, said he had not yet received any confirmation regarding the identity of the body.