Bodies exhumed 10 day after gunfight in Kashmir, thousands attend funeral of suspected militants
Thousands of people on Wednesday participated in the funerals of two suspected militants in south Kashmir a night after their bodies were exhumed from north Kashmir’s Tanghdar near Line of Control (LoC).
Two families from south Kashmir had approached the police on Monday with claims that two out of the five suspected militants killed at Tanghdar in Kupwara district on May 26 were their sons. They identified the youth as Sheeraz Ahmad from Pulwama and Mudasir Ahmad from Kulgam.
“After district magistrate gave a go ahead, the bodies were exhumed on Tuesday and handed over to the two families after the necessary legal procedures,” said Kupwara superintendent of police(SP), Ambarkar Shriram Dinkar.
Sheeraz Ahmad, 24, was missing since September 2017 while Mudasir Ahmad, reportedly a government teacher, went missing after he travelled to Pakistan on a valid visa in March 2017. On May 26, army had said five militants were killed while they were trying to cross Line of Control in Tanghdar.
The SP said that their investigations including the process of identification continued. “We have taken their DNA samples,” he said.
After exhumation, their bodies reached their native villages at Lajoora, Pulwama and Parigam, Kulgam in the wee hours. The distance between Kulgam, which is 50 km south of Pulwama, and Tanghdar is around 200 kms.
Thousands of emotionally charged people, shouting pro freedom slogans, participated in multiple funerals of the youth at their respective villages before their burial. Parts of Pulwama and Kulgam also witnessed a spontaneous shutdown.
Army Brigadier PK Mishra, Commander Tanghdar Brigade had told the media that they detected their movement on May 24 on the icy peaks prompting the army to lay ambush at several places triggering a gun fight.
The army also claimed that latest weaponry was seized from the infiltrators. The army was not sure about the identities of the militants but had suspected them to be foreigners affiliated with Lashkar-e-Taiba. The bodies were buried at Badwan in Tanghdar on May 27.
The SP Kupwara Dinkar said that the identities of the other three were also not yet clear.
Meanwhile, army on Wednesday said that they foiled an infiltration bid in Machil sector of Kupwara in which three militants were killed. Army spokesman, Rajesh Kalia said that the searches in the area continued.