Police have buried the bodies of five militants killed in Keran encounter in Jumgund forests in Kupwara district after collecting their DNA samples.
Five militants and five army soldiers were killed in an encounter in Keran sector near the LoC on Sunday.
“Five bodies of militants have been handed over to us,” SSP Kupwara Ambarkar Shriram Dinkar told the Greater Kashmir. “They have been buried there in presence of police and locals according to Islamic rituals,” he said.
The SSP said that the area is “too far and not motorable.” “It was not possible to bring the bodies as the weather is too adverse and it is snowing there,” he said, adding that post-mortem was carried out and DNA samples taken. “We will deal with the families according to law after getting the DNA report,” he said.
The bodies of five soldiers killed in the encounter were sent to their families in different states outside J&K yesterday.
Three families from south Kashmir have claimed that their wards are among the slain militants.
The families identified the three militants as Sartaj Ahmad Dar S/O Farooq Ahmad Dar R/O Hurduhanger Kulgam, Sajad Ahmad Hurra S/O Mushtaq Ahmad Hurra R/O Daramdora Shopian and Adil Bashir Wani S/O Bashir Ahmad Wani R/o Daramdora Shopian.
“We met SSP Kupwara on Monday who told us to come after two days as bodies are being brought down from forest. We also visited Police Station Trehgam under whose jurisdiction the area falls,” Adil Bashir Wani’s brother Tanvir Ahmad said.
Tanvir said that the SSP assured them that incase faces of the militants were not mutilated, they can take the bodies. “He assured us that if we can identify then we can take the body. He also told us incase their faces were mutilated then further course of action will be taken after DNA tests.”
He said that it was the police that informed the families about killing of their wards. “Local police station informed us about their killings,” Tanvir said. “Probably army has recovered a diary with numbers and they informed the police.”
He said his brother Adil and Sajad had crossed Line of Control in April 2018.