The Jammu and Kashmir police have decided to conduct a DNA test to verify the claims of two families over the body of the youth killed in the Poonch encounter.
"DNA samples of both the claimants and the deceased have been sent to the Central Forensic Laboratory, Chandigarh," said Yougal Manhas, ASP, Surankote.
The unidentified mentally challenged youth was killed in Surankote area on August 7 and was passed off as Abu Usman, a Lashkar-e-Taiba militant.
A soldier of the Territorial Army and a policeman allegedly involved in the fake encounter were arrested the next day.
The police said Mohammad Isaq from Rajouri district had approached them claiming the slain youth was his son. Isaq said his mentally challenged son had left home some years ago.
Mohammad Din from Udhampur district made a similar claim.
"He said his son has been missing for the last six months," Manhas said.
The police feel the rush for claiming kinship is motivated by the compensation money, announced for the next of kin of the youth.
(With agency inputs)