Families of 2 deceased Srinagar men demand their bodies

Meanwhile, in order to thwart any protest demonstration in Srinagar parts, police and paramilitary were deployed.
Families of 2 deceased Srinagar men demand their bodies
Daughter of Altaf Ahmad Bhat a business man by profession , wails as the family demanded administration to return his remains, on 16 November 2021.Mubashir Khan for Greater Kashmir

Srinagar: The families of Altaf Ahmad Bhat and Dr Mudasir Gull, who were killed during an encounter in Hyderpora area of Srinagar, have demanded their bodies for proper burial.

The encounter in Hyderpora took place on Monday evening, in which according to police, four persons including a militant, his associate, an Over Ground Worker (OGW) and a building owner were killed.

Family members of Dr Mudasir Gull held a peaceful protest here at the Press Enclave against his killing and demanded his body.

"He was Dr Mudasir and not terrorist holding gun. At 10 pm on Monday night we heard Dr Mudasir was killed. He was a dental surgeon and running his business in the complex in Hyderpora,” the father in law of Dr Mudasir said.

Dr Mudasir’s sister, who was among the family members who had gathered at the Press Enclave, said that the deceased left his home on Monday morning. “When we called him in the evening his phone was switched off,” she said adding that all what the family demanded for was the body of Mudasir. “He was innocent. He has two young kids. We want justice,” she said.

She said Mudasir would mostly stay in Delhi. “He had arrived from Jammu just day before yesterday. Whatever is being said about him by the police is not true,” she said.

Meanwhile, family members of Altaf Ahmad, the slain building owner, where the encounter took place have also demanded for his body.

“Handover the body to us for proper burial. My brother was a father of three minors. He was working in Hyderpora and owned six shops there. The first floor of the building has been rented by him to property dealers” said Abdul Majeed, brother of Altaf Ahmad Bhat.

Majeed said that at around 5 pm on Monday, security personnel came and laid a cordon there. “After that around 30 to 40 persons were confined in a shop,” he said adding then there was a burst of firing. “My brother was taken out from the shop for searches by the forces,” he said. "Third time, they again asked him to come out for searches and was later killed,” he alleged. “He was used as a human shield by the security forces.”

Meanwhile, in order to thwart any protest demonstration in Srinagar parts, police and paramilitary were deployed. There has been no report of any untoward incident following Hyderpora encounter.

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