Fam­ily claims their miss­ing son was among killed mil­i­tants

Hindustan Times (Amritsar) - - Region - HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com

SRINAGAR: A fam­ily in north Kash­mir’s Lana­gate vil­lage has claimed that their son was among the five mil­i­tants who were killed by the army in up­per reaches of Lid­der Rafi­abad on Wed­nes­day.

Bashir Ah­mad Mir, a res­i­dent of Lan­gate, ap­proached Lan­gate po­lice claim­ing that his son Muzuf­far Ah­mad Mir, who has been miss­ing from his house from past seven days, was among the slain mil­i­tants.

He said they recog­nised his son through the pic­tures of mil­i­tants which went vi­ral on so­cial me­dia.

Po­lice have started ver­i­fy­ing claims made by the fam­ily and sought more de­tails from Mir. “We are ver­i­fy­ing the de­tails and if true, the body will be handed over to the fam­ily,’’ a se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer said.

A shut­down was ob­served in Lan­gate town on Satur­day as peo­ple de­manded body of the slain mil­i­tant.

The bod­ies of all the five mil­i­tants were buried in Ha­mam forests by lo­cal vil­lagers in the pres­ence of po­lice of­fi­cials. The fam­ily has now de­manded for ex­huma­tion of the body.

The army claimed on Fri­day that five mil­i­tants killed in the forests of Lid­der Rafi­abad in north Kash­mir’s Bara­mulla dis­trict were fresh in­fil­tra­tors and af­fil­i­ated to Lashkar-e-Taiba.

The army had launched an op­er­a­tion on Sun­day af­ter they re­ceived an in­put about a group of mil­i­tants hid­ing in the up­per reaches of Rafi­abad in Ha­mam forests.

Com­man­der, 7 Sec­tor Rashtriya Ri­fles, brigadier Dharam Raj said the slain mil­i­tants were for­eign mil­i­tants who had re­cently in­fil­trated from the Pak­istan oc­cu­pied Kash­mir.

PAR­ENTS SAYS THEY RECOG­NISED THEIR SON MUZUF­FAR AH­MAD MIR THROUGH THE PIC­TURES OF MIL­I­TANTS WHICH WENT VI­RAL ON SO­CIAL ME­DIA

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