6 families claim 5 militants killed in Bandipora were their kin

If required, DNA test of family members will be conducted: DC Bandipora

Bandipora/Ganderbal/Shopian, Publish Date: Sep 26 2018 1:05AM | Updated Date: Sep 26 2018 2:42AM
6 families claim 5 militants killed in Bandipora were their kinFile Photo

Six families from southern Kashmir approached authorities on Tuesday claiming the five militants slain during a two-day firefight with government forces in Bandipora last week were their kin, disputing police claims that they were unidentified. 

Police had claimed that the five militants killed during the gun battle in Sumlar village that started on Thursday and ended Friday were a freshly infiltrated group belonging to Lashkar-e-Tioba group, and buried them in the border area of Uri like other unidentified or ‘foreign’ militants killed in armed encounters with government forces.

The families have been directed to approach deputy commissioner and senior superintendent of police for Baramulla, the district Uri is a part of. 

“If required we will conduct DNA test of the family members and if their claim is genuine then necessary action will be taken as per law” said Shahid Iqbal Chowdhary, Deputy Commissioner of Bandipora.

On Monday, Hizbul Mujahideen said in a statement all the five slain militants were locals and indentified them as Hyder Ali from Brazul Kulgam, Muhammad Umar from Shopian, Mohammad Siddiq from Bandipora, Mawiya from Kangan and Usman from Lolab.

On Tuesday, a family from Kangan approached authorities in Bandipora claiming one of the five militants killed during the firefight with government forces last week was their kin, Parvez Ahmed Tedwa alias Abu Mawiya.

“We have told the police that one of the slain militants in Bandipora is Parvez Ahmed Tedwa son of Ghulam Nabi Tedwa, a resident of Hayan Palpora was our kin,” Mohammad Rafiq Tedwa told Greater Kashmir, claiming to be brother of the slain militant. 

Tedwa said his brother was missing since 2003 and was identified from photographic evidence they saw from the gun battle. 

"We have approached Ganderbal and Bandipora administration with the claim and seek the body of our kin" he said.

Seniour superintendent of police for Bandipora, Zulfikar Ahmed confirmed the Kangan family made the claim.

"There is a procedure to be followed in this case. We have started the process to ascertain the facts and if needed the bodies are likely to be exhumed and DNA tests will be conducted to establish the claim of the families" Ahmed told Greater Kashmir.

Deputy Commissioner for Bandipora, Dr Shahid Iqbal Chowdhary also confirmed that six families have claimed the slain militants were their kin.

“We have received the communication from them and have taken up the case with district magistrate Baramulla as he has to order the exhumation of the bodies, but before that police will verify and establish the relation with the families,” Chowdhary said.

As the claims by Hizb spread that two of the five slain militants were from the more restive southern Kashmir areas, Shopian district observed a shutdown.

Some angry youth took to the streets and pelted government forces with stones, forcing shopkeepers to down their shutters.



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