HYDERPORA ENCOUNTER | Cry for handover of 3rd civilian’s body grows shriller in Ramban
Ramban: After the bodies of Altaf Bhat and Dr Mudasir Gull were exhumed and handed over to their relatives for burial, the demand for the return of the body of the third civilian killed in the Hyderpora encounter is getting support from various quarters in Ramban district.
The Jammu and Kashmir administration handed over the bodies of two civilians to their families for burial while the third civilian Muhammad Amir Magarey’s body has not been handed over to his relatives despite the claims of his father Muhammad Lateif that his son was not in any way related to militancy.
District Development Council (DDC) Ramban Chairperson Shamshada Shan and district spokespersons of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and some other political figures of the district even threatened the administration of staging protests if the body of Magarey was not handed over to his family for his burial at his ancestral village Seripora Sangaldan in Ramban.
Shan threatened that she would launch an agitation if the body of Magarey was not handed over to his family like the two civilians whose bodies were handed over to their relatives.
PDP district spokesperson Tariq Saleem also demanded the body of the victim for a dignified burial.
Awami Ittihad Party’s Tanveer Ahmed Malik said that it was the height of brazenness of Police and the administration that civilians were being branded as militants and killed in the name of fighting militancy in J&K.
Earlier, district president of National Conference (NC) Sajjad Shaheen supported the demand of the Magarey’s family to the administration of returning his body for burial.
Shaheen said that the father of the deceased was a recipient of the State Bravery Award and now his son had been killed and falsely labeled as a militant.