Baramulla: Slain Lashkar-e-Toiba commander Naveed Jutt was buried in a far-flung village in a forest area of Handwara by police on Thursday night, instead of at the Gantamulla graveyard where militants from outside Kashmir are generally buried.
Sources said that on Wednesday, Naveed Jutt was killed along with another local militant of Sopore, the police informed grave-diggers at the Gantamulla graveyard to ready a grave. Not only the regular grave-diggers but also some other people joined in to dig a grave for Naveed in this graveyard situated along the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad national highway and on the banks of river Jhelum.
From Wednesday afternoon till late in the night, the grave-diggers and the locals waited for the body to arrive, but the authorities had meanwhile decided to not bury the body there.
On Thursday night, a team of Handwara police shifted the body to a forest village, Wadora Bala, and buried the body there with the help of some locals in the dark of the night.
On Friday, when the news of the hush-hush burial reached Baramulla, the grave-diggers and local people asked the authorities why they had not brought the body to this graveyard, which is meant for non-local militants.
On Friday evening, some people reached the Gantamulla graveyard and covered the grave with two tin sheets to reserve it for the future. Some people said that police were apprehensive that some people may decorate the grave, which is why they shifted the body to a forest village and buried it in the dark of the night.