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Kashmir families say 2 of 5 suspected militants killed on LoC their sons

Police may go for their DNA identification if the deputy commissioner gives go ahead for the exhumation of the bodies.

india Updated: Jun 06, 2018 19:45 IST
Ashiq Hussain
Ashiq Hussain
Hindustan Times, Srinagar
Kupwara,Line of Control,Militants
A file photo of an army soldier stands guard near a check post outside Badami Bagh cantonment of the Army in Srinagar. On May 26, army had said five militants were killed while they were trying to cross Line of Control in Tanghdar sector of Kupwara(Waseem Andrabi/HT File Photo)

Two families in Kashmir, one from Pulwama district and another from Kulgam district, approached the police on Monday with claims that two out of the five suspected militants killed on Line of Control in north Kashmir’s Kupwara on May 26 were their sons.

Police said that families of Sheeraz Ahmad from Pulwama and Mudasir Ahmad from Kulgam in south Kashmir want their bodies for proper burial.

“We received applications from families of Sheeraz and Mudasir today. It needs to be confirmed because the militants have already been buried. We will follow the legal procedure for the identification,” said Shriram Ambarkar Dinkar, superintendent of police, Kupwara.

He said that police may go for their DNA identification if the deputy commissioner who is also the district magistrate gives go ahead for the exhumation of the bodies.

On May 26, army had said five militants were killed while they were trying to cross Line of Control in Tanghdar sector of Kupwara.

“We had credible inputs about the infiltration of the militants. We detected their movement on May 24 on the icy peaks. So ambush was laid at several places on and infiltrators walked into ambush and were challenged, they retaliated starting a gunfight,’’ Brigadier PK Mishra, Commander Tanghdar Brigade had told the media.

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.

Police said that 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.

Pulwama’s superintendent of police Mohammad Aslam said that the family of Sheeraz told them that they came to know about the death of their son when someone came to their home with the news. Kulgam district police chief Harmeet Singh said that the family of Mudasir had seen the photos of their slain son on social media.

Kupwara deputy commissioner Khalid Jahangir said that he will take a call whether to exhume the bodies or not after getting a factual report from police.

First Published: Jun 04, 2018 17:40 IST