Chemicals being used to disfigure, mutilate bodies of militants: Mehbooba

Chemicals being used to disfigure, mutilate bodies of militants: Mehbooba
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Anantnag: Former J&K chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday accused security forces of using “chemicals” to mutilate the bodies of militants, in an attempt to counter large gatherings at funerals of militants.
Mufti was in Anantnag today to address a gathering of party workers in the run-up to Lok Sabha elections for the Anantnag seat, from where she is contesting. Polling for the seat is scheduled in three phases, the first phase on April 23.
After addressing the gathering of workers, she interacted with media persons and said that she was pressurised to stop the handing over of bodies of militants to their families, when she was the chief minister.
“It was to stop people from thronging to the funerals. I, however, did not relent, for I think this is our religious right to hold proper last rites of the deceased – including the mandatory last bath,” she said.
She said that under Governor’s rule, however, chemicals were being used to mutilate and disfigure the bodies of militants to make them unrecognisable.
“They want the faces of militants to be unrecognisable by mutilating the bodies, so that people do not throng to the funerals,” Mufti said.
She called Governor’s rule in Kashmir as “Jungle Raaj” during her interaction with the media in Shangus area of Anantnag district, where she addressed another workers’ meet.
“Only yesterday a Sub Divisional Magistrate was beaten by the army along with his employees. Our highway is closed, Jama’at has been banned, and now action is being taken against government employees for association with the Jama’at,” Mufti told reporters at Shangus.
She said all this was injustice with the people of Kashmir and she had resisted pressure to implement similar measures when she was the chief minister.
“I was asked to ban Jama’at-e-Islami; I did not. I did not crack down on Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Geealni sahib. I won’t say I did it all but I did what I could,” Mufti said while she interacted with the media.
Earlier in her speeches, she urged her party workers to be steadfast and active to ensure her win.
“All of you know that only our party can represent the true sentiments of the Kashmiri people,” she said.