Bandipora gunfight: Kashmir Police collects DNA of families claiming militants' bodies

Bandipora gunfight: Kashmir Police collects DNA of families claiming militants' bodies

Bodies would be handed to them only after forensic report is received

The police have collected DNA samples of the seven families who had claimed the five militants killed in a gunfight in Bandipora district last week were their kin.

A police official said the samples will be sent on Friday to the forensic science laboratory, which has already received DNA samples of the deceased militants.

Senior superintendent of police Bandipora Sheikh Zulfikar Azad said the bodies of the militants would be handed to the families only when the FSL report on both sets of DNA samples is received by the police.

Azad said two families each from Kupwara and Pulwama and one each from Shopian, Kulgam and Kangan have claimed the bodies of the militants. The body of one of the militants identified as Parvaiz alias Maviya has been claimed by two families from Kagan and Pulwama.

The army had claimed that “unidentified” militants were killed during the two-day gunfight with government forces. 

However, as the gunfight broke out, rumours had started doing rounds that Kashmiri militants were trapped in the gunfight. But police denied the reports that local militants had been killed in the gunfight, though Bandipora town observed a complete shutdown for five days, demanding bodies of the deceased. 

After the police buried the militants in the border area of Uri, Hizbul Mujahideen issued a statement claiming the militants killed in the gunfight were locals, identifying them as Hyder Ali from Brazul Kulgam, Muhammad Umar from Shopian, Mohammad Siddiq from Bandipora, Maviya from Kangan and Usman from Lolab.

The seven families staked claim to the bodies soon after Hizbul Mujahideen statement.