Pathankot: Bod­ies of at­tack­ers rot in mor­tu­ary, to be buried

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Ra­jesh Ahuja ra­jesh.ahuja@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The four sus­pected Pak­istani ter­ror­ists killed in the Pathankot air­base at­tack in Jan­uary are likely to be buried be­cause it’s be­com­ing a chal­lenge to pre­serve their rot­ting bod­ies in the mor­tu­ary.

The bod­ies have started to de­com­pose as the freez­ers in a Pathankot hos­pi­tal mor­tu­ary, where they are kept, don’t work ef­fi­ciently be­cause of fre­quent power cuts. Be­sides, it takes 11 po­lice­men to guard the corpses, which Pak­istan has not shown any in­cli­na­tion to ac­cept.

“Un­bear­able stench is em­a­nat­ing from the bod­ies. The Na­tional In­ves­ti­ga­tion Agency (NIA) has col­lected the DNA sam­ples, fin­ger­prints and other ev­i­dence nec­es­sary for iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of the bod­ies and shared these with the Pak­istani joint in­ves­ti­ga­tion team (JIT),” a se­nior of­fi­cial said.

The four al­leged mem­bers of the Pak­istan-based Jaishe-Mo­hammed ter­ror­ist group were killed af­ter they at­tacked the air­base on Jan­uary 2.

The bod­ies were not im­me­di­ately shifted to the freezer, the of­fi­cial said. “For al­most five days they were kept in the open.”

Of­fi­cials will soon iden­tify a place for the burial.

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