Slain militant was a local; body exhumed

  • Peerzada Ashiq, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: Dec 17, 2014 09:03 IST

The authorities on Tuesday exhumed the body of one of the two slain militants who were planning to carry out attacks in Srinagar during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit.

The exhumation was carried out on the directions of the Srinagar deputy commissioner after one Mohammad Shafi Malik, a resident of Arwani, Bijbehara, in south Kashmir claimed the slain militant as his kin. He had filed an application on December 5 for exhumation and identification.

“The body of the militant was exhumed in presence of a magistrate, and relatives identified him as Shahid-ul-Islam Malik, son of Mohammad Shafi Malik, a resident of Arwani, Bijbehara,” said a Srinagar-based spokesman.

Two militants were killed on December 5 at Oantbhawan colony in Soura area, two days ahead of the Prime Minister’s visit to Kashmir for an election rally.

The duo was travelling in a car when it was stopped by police that led to an encounter. Both the militants were killed in a three-hour-long gun battle. Police suspected that they belonged to the Lashkar-e-Toiba outfit. Two cops were also injured in the encounter.

“The body has been handed over to the kin for the last rites,” said a police spokesman. One of the slain mili-tants was identified as Qari Asrar, a man behind several high profile attacks in the Valley.

A Special Investigation Team was formed to trace the third militant who had escaped.

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