Omar holds sit-in with party leaders
When asked to comment on the trend of “hybrid militants”, the former Chief Minister said he was “puzzled to hear about this term”Mubashir Khan/ GK

Omar holds sit-in with party leaders

‘Families made to run from pillar to post to get bodies of kin shocking’

Srinagar: Stating that he was “not much concerned about the inquiry” ordered in Monday’s Hyderpora encounter at this point in time, former Chief Minister and National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah, who held a sit-in protest at a municipal park near Gupkar Road on Thursday, said it was “quite shocking” the way families of the two civilians killed in the encounter, were made to run from pillar to post in order to get bodies of their kin.

“Till yesterday, I was telling my colleagues in the party that I won’t hold a protest but go and knock on different doors. But the way families of the slain have been made to run from pillar to post in order to get bodies of their kin is shocking,” said Omar, while speaking to media persons during the sit-in protest on Thursday afternoon.

Omar was accompanied by many party leaders and workers and said return of bodies was the “least the families demanded”. The former Chief Minister said that the slain civilians must be “given a proper burial”. When asked to comment on the trend of “hybrid militants”, the former Chief Minister said he was “puzzled to hear about this term”. “I have remained the Chief Minister for six years and headed so many Unified Command meetings and in addition keep a watch on world happenings but I have never come across this term hybrid militants. Let them first explain to us what this term means and then we can talk about it,” said Omar.

Omar said his aim to hold a sit-in was to demand that bodies of the slain men be returned to their families.

“I would be glad if my coming here and holding this protest acts as an eye-opener. The saying of PM Modi about Dil ki Doori and Dilli say Doori can be applied to this situation and if the bodies of the civilians are returned to families that dil and dilli ki duri can be cut down to a great extent” said Omar.

It may be mentioned that family of the slain Dr Mudasir Gull, staged a peaceful protest at the Press Enclave here on Tuesday and Wednesday, demanding that his body be handed over to them for burial, while family of Altaf Ahmad Bhat, owner of the building where the encounter occurred, have also been making a similar demand and held a protest here.

Dr Gull was killed in the Hyderpora encounter during Monday evening and as per police he was an Over Ground Worker (OGW) of the militants.

However, the family of the slain doctor has claimed that Dr Gull was “not associated with any militancy-related activities and was running a business for his livelihood”. Similarly, family of the civilian Altaf Ahmad Bhat has also said that he was innocent.

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