Anantnag: Thousands of people on Friday attended multiple funeral rounds held for two militants, whose bodies were exhumed after about a month from Machil sector and handed over to their families in Kulgam and Anantnag districts of south Kashmir.
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 in Anantnag district, were among three militants killed by government forces in a gunfight on June 6 this year. Their killing was declared to be the foiling of an infiltration bid by the army, which released pictures of the slain militants and buried the bodies in Machil sector in north Kashmir.
When the pictures of the slain militants went viral on social media, two families in Anantnag and Kulgam districts claimed that the slain were their kin who had gone missing about a year back – and were thought to have crossed over to Pakistan.
A police source told Kashmir Reader that the two had managed a visa to cross over to Pakistan and had received arms training there.
“They were killed while trying to infiltrate back into Kashmir as active militants,” the police source said.
The two families moved applications before District Magistrate Kupwara requesting exhumation of the bodies.
“DNA samples from the families were taken and they matched that of the two slain. The bodies were exhumed and handed over to the families,” a senior official from Kupwara said.
The bodies reached their respective villages in the wee hours of Friday. As the word spread, thousands of people reached the villages and attended funeral prayers held for the slain.
They were buried at the martyrs’ graveyards of their respective villages.