Bodies of two south Kashmir youth exhumed in Machil sector

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Srinagar: The bodies of two youth who were killed along with their associate in a gunfight near the LoC on June 6, this year were exhumed late last night, sources said on Friday.

They said that the exhumation was made more than a month after they were buried near the line of control (LoC) in Machil sector of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district as “unidentified”.

Official sources said that the permission for exhumation of the bodies was granted after DNA samples matched with their kin.

Bodies of Zahid Rashid Bhat son of Abdul Rashid Bhat of Braihad, Katapora, Yaripora in Kulgam district and Nissar Ahmad Bhat son of Ghulam Rasool Bhat of Krad Shangus, Anantnag were exhumed and handed over to their respective families late in the night, they said.

The exhumation followed submission of applications by the families before the district magistrate Kupwara after they saw pictures of their kin through social media and later at concerned police station.

The families also provided DNA samples as part of procedure for establishing identity.

Army had claimed that the two were killed in Machil sector on June 6.