Return bodies of slain to their families: Bar

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SRINAGAR: J&K High Court Bar Association (JKHCBA) Srinagar has said it strongly supports the demand of the family members of Mudasir Ahmad Bhat of Old Barzulla here who was recently killed at Kachhama, Kupwara and Nisar Ahmad of Shangus, to return their bodies so that they are buried in their ancestral graveyards in accordance with their religious rites.

The Bar Association in a statement said that dragging relatives and elders, who had approached authorities for the said purpose, from one place to another, as “highly immoral and unethical”.

Meanwhile, in a meeting held here on Tuesday, the members expressed serious concern over the “targeting of members” of legal fraternity by NIA officials by calling them to NIA Headquarters, New Delhi “in disregard to their age and non-involvement in any criminal activity”.

“Bar describes the same as highly unjustified and unwarranted besides being improper and unlawful,” the statement said. “A year before, NIA officials raided the residence of Abdul Rahim Wani, Advocate Magam and his son Mubashir Ahmad, Advocate Budgam at Kanihama Magan but despite not finding anything incriminating there, still seized some laptops and mobile phones and took the same with them. It is however almost after a year that NIA officials have called Abdul Rahim Wani, advocate who is more than 60 years of age and is unwell to NIA Headquarters New Delhi though he could have easily been questioned at Srinagar, if required.”

The Bar members have decided to request the members of the international community to raise their voice against the “highhandedness” of NIA officials and ask the Government of India to “stop harassing” the members of legal fraternity of Kashmir by using such “illegal and improper” methods.