Sumlar gunfight: ‘Seven’ families claim bodies of five militants

Sumlar gunfight: ‘Seven’ families claim bodies of five militants
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Bandipora: As many as seven families are claiming the bodies of five militants killed in a gunfight in Sumlar Bandipora last week.
A day after five families claimed the killed militants as their kin, another family on Wednesday approached the district authorities staking claim to one of the slain militants.
Deputy Commissioner Bandipora, however, said that seven families have so far claimed bodies of killed militants and two more have approached him over phone.
“The situation is now a climax, as seven families have come forward claiming that the dead militants were their members. These men had left their homes around 8-10 years ago. We will hand over bodies to the families after carrying out DNA tests,” Deputy Commissioner Bandipora Shahid Choudhary told Kashmir Reader.
Apart from seven families who have physically come forward, Choudhary said two more families have claimed bodies over phone.
“Two families from Kupwara’s Lolab and Warnow, one each from Ganderbal, Shopian, Kulgam and Pulwama have so far approached me seeking custody of the bodies,” SSP Bandipora, Sheikh Zulfikar Azad told Kashmir Reader. Azad said that due to increasing claims they have now asked for DNA samples after which bodies will be handed over to their legal hires.
Additional Deputy Commissioner Bandipora, Mohammad Qasim, however, said that only six families from Kulgam, Shopian, Kupwara, and Ganderbal and Pulwama have moved applications at his office seeking the custody of the bodies. The sixth family from Pulwama is came claiming Parvaiz alias Mawya as their kin. Maway was first claimed by the Kangan (Ganderbal) family. The officer said it was now important to conduct DNA tests so that facts come forth and the rightful owner is handed over the dead bodies.
Five militants were killed on Sep 21 in a gunfight with government forces in Bandipora village of Shogbaba area of Sumlar.