Amid shutdown in Langate area, MLA Er Rasheed visits family, asks govt to hand over body
Handwara: A complete shutdown was observed in Langate area of Handwara in Kupwara district on Saturday, a day after a local family claimed that one among the five militants killed in Rafiabad by the army was their son.
All shops and business centres in Langate market stayed shut in protest against the local militant’s killing and to support the demand of the family that the body of their son be handed over to them. Police had said that all the five militants slain in Rafiabad were “foreign nationals” and had buried them in the local “martyrs’ graveyard” in Rafiabad on Thursday late evening.
Local sources said that a large number of people visited the home of the local militant, Muzaffar Ahmad, to offer condolences to his family and express support for their demand for his body.
Muzaffar’s father, Bashir Ahmad Mir, said that his son went missing on August 6, subsequent to which the family filed a missing report in police station Langate on August 7. He said that on Friday he saw a photograph of the slain militants on social media and identified his son among them.
The family said that Muzaffar completed his graduation in 2017 and was the second eldest among four sons and three daughters. Bashir said his eldest daughter’s marriage was held just a few days ago, on July 28.
Adil Bashir Mir, younger brother of Muzaffar, told reporters at his home that the SSP Sopore had assured the family that if Muzaffar was indeed killed in Rafiabad, his body will be exhumed and handed over to them.
Superintendent of Police Sopore Javid Iqbal told Kashmir Reader that police were taking DNA samples of the family members to match them with the slain militant’s. “Yes, the family approached us today and we are taking their samples for DNA analysis. If they match, we will take further steps,” Iqbal said.
Five militants were killed by soldiers from the army’s 32 RR and 9 para commandos units in Vigi hills in Rafiabad area. The operation spanned two days, August 8 and 9. The army said in a press conference that the slain were heavily armed militants of the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) who had recently infiltrated into this side of Kashmir from the Pakistani side.
Meanwhile, MLA Langate Engineer Rashid also reached the home of the family to express his sympathies. He appealed to the government to hand over the slain youth’s body to his family.