PC leader’s cavalcade attacked in Rafiabad

Protesters on Saturday set ablaze a vehicle, which was part of a cavalcade of Abdul Ghani Vakeel, who recently joined People’s Conference, at Shutloo area of Rafiabad in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.
PC leader’s cavalcade attacked in Rafiabad

Protesters on Saturday set ablaze a vehicle, which was part of a cavalcade of Abdul Ghani Vakeel, who recently joined People's Conference, at Shutloo area of Rafiabad in north Kashmir's Baramulla district. 

According to sources, a group of people gathered today morning at Shutloo area of Rafiabad and staged a protest for return of body of a militant who was killed at Warpora Sopore during a gunfight with security forces on Friday. 

Two militants were killed while six structures including three residential houses, two cowsheds and a kitchen destroyed in the 24-hour long gunfight. 

After the gunfight, a family from Shutloo Rafiabad claimed that one of the militants killed was their son namely Waseem Ahmad Malla. 

Malla before joining the militant ranks was a personal security officer posted at the residence of a BJP leader. He had fled with his service rifle in May last year and joined militant ranks. 

As per eyewitness, as Vakeel passed through Shutloo area of Rafiabad on Saturday, the protestors targeted his cavalcade and set one of the vehicles on fire. Vakeel, along with others escaped unhurt. 

Police however said that two families, one each from Shutloo Rafiabad and Bandipora, have claimed that the slain militants belonged to them. "But since the bodies are beyond recognition, only the DNA test could ascertain their identity." 

"If the DNA test proves families claim, the bodies will be handed over to them," said SSP Sopore, Javed Iqbal.

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