Srinagar: The J&K High Court on Wednesday directed the state government to produce the DNA report of slain militant Mudasir Ahmad Bhat, killed by government forces on June 29 this year and buried in a Kupwara forest.
The single bench of Justice Tashi Rabstan directed state counsel B A Dar to produce the DNA report of the Barzulla militant before court within seven days.
The direction was passed after Dar requested court to grant time for filing the DNA report.
On a previous hearing, the court had issued notice to the state government seeking directions for exhumation of the militant’s remains.
Mudasir’s father had approached the HC through his counsel, Mian Qayoom, seeking directions for exhuming the remains of his son so that they are buried in accordance with Muslim rites.
The militant was buried at the NK Gali area of the Jumgund forests in Kupwara on June 29 after a post-mortem was conducted on his body.
The petitioner, Ghulam Mohammad Bhat, has told the court that a team of doctors took his blood and DNA sample on July 4 for an examination by forensic experts.
Bhat has also said that at the time the samples were being taken, he was told that the forensic laboratory experts would cross-examine the samples with those from the slain youth and that after the procedure was completed, a report would be forwarded to the district administration which would exhume the body and, if the samples matched, return it to the petitioner.
“The DNA samples were taken only after the family members met Muneer Ahmad Khan, ADGP, Law & Order, who also stated that the body would be handed over to the family, if the samples match,” Bhat had submitted. “However, even after taking the DNA samples on 04.07.2018 and receiving the expert report, the respondents have not returned the body to the family, which is a clear violation of the constitutional mandate requiring,” Bhat had pleaded.
Bhat further submitted that the respondents have no justification not to return the body to the family because it has been identified by him after looking at the photographs shown to him by the SHO Police Station Kralpora.
According to the petitioner, Mudasir had left his home in Old Barzulla, Srinagar, in the month of December 2016 after entering into a mild verbal argument with him.
Mudasir had told his family he was going to Delhi to get a visa for Saudi Arabia to take up a job in that country. In late June, an unidentified man on a motorbike came to the petitioner’s home and delivered a hand-written letter to the petitioner’s family, stating that the petitioner’s son had been killed in Kupwara.