Srinagar: Asking the authorities to understand the pain and sentiments of slain militant families, Awami Ittehad Party (AIP) chief Rasheed on Wednesday condemned the burying of local armed youth without ascertaining their whereabouts and calling them foreign.
In a statement Rasheed asked the police and army to apologise for claiming killing five foreign militants in Bandipora, when their families, who hail from south Kashmir, have rebutted such claims. “The administration should have handed over the bodies without making excuses,” he said. “It appeared like a strategy to call local slain militants unknown or foreign and then asking the real heirs of the slain to go through DNA sampling to authenticate their claim.”
It is not only a time consuming process, Rasheed said, but absolutely immoral, unethical, violation of religious rights and also painful for the entire family.
“Security agencies seemed to be interested more in counting the number of militants rather ascertaining other crucial information. They must give up the casual approach and give respect to the slain militants,” he said.
Rasheed appealed the authorities to handover the bodies of slain militants killed in Bandipora encounter to their families and respect the religious sentiments of people.