Langate family protests delay in handing over body of ‘militant son’

Langate family protests delay in handing over body of ‘militant son’
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Handwara: Residents of Langate area of Handwara in Kupwara district staged a sit in protest Monday demanding the body of a local youth, who they say was among the five militants killed in a gunfight with army in Rafiabad forests on August 8.
A number of local residents, including the family of Muzafar Ahmad Mir, ‘the slain militant’, assembled at Langate market in the morning and staged a protest demonstration over the delay in handing over the body to the family.
Stating that Muzafar Ahmad Mir, son of Bashir Ahmad Mir of Langate was one of the five militants killed in the gunfight, the protestors blocked the Baramulla-Handwara road for hours.
The five slain militants were buried in Hamam village of Rafiabad in Baramulla district.
“The police took blood samples of father of Muzafar for DNA test, but till now the body has not been handed over to us,” a family member said.
He said that police assured them that the DNA report would come within a week, but 12 days on police has not informed them about the report.
A senior police officer said that the DNA report was yet to arrive.
“Once we receive it (DNA) and if it matches we will take further steps,” he said.
A police team later reached the spot and assured the protestors to take up the issue with higher officials.