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Hyderpora encounter: Under fire over Srinagar killings, J&K admn orders probe, exhumes 2 bodies

THE J&Okay administration on Thursday exhumed the our bodies of the two civilians killed in Monday’s shootout with police and ordered a magisterial inquiry, after protests over the incident unfold throughout the Valley.

Until late on Thursday evening, the our bodies of Altaf Bhat, a businessman, and Dr Mudassir Gul, a dentist, had not been handed over to the households.

4 folks had been killed in Monday’s encounter in Hyderpora, Srinagar, and buried rapidly by police in Handwara, 70 km away. Relations of three of them (one was allegedly a Pakistani) contested police claims that they had been both militants or had militant hyperlinks.

The protests throughout Kashmir had been additional fuelled by police forcibly ending an agitation by the members of the family of the civilians killed in Srinagar on Wednesday midnight demanding their our bodies.

A lady weeps after her father Mohammad Altaf Bhat, the proprietor of a procuring centre, was killed in Srinagar, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021. (AP)

On Thursday, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha stated there could be a magisterial inquiry into the shootout, with a report back to be submitted in 15 days. “The J-Okay administration reiterates its dedication (to) defending lives of harmless civilians and it’ll guarantee there is no such thing as a injustice,” a press release by the LG’s workplace stated. The exhumation was carried out within the night within the presence of senior district officers.

Bhat and Gul’s households stated that they had ready graves for his or her burial of their ancestral graveyards. Police sources stated the our bodies had been prone to be handed over solely after midnight, to forestall a big funeral and any regulation and order problem.

Police had accused Bhat, the proprietor of the constructing the place the shootout happened, and his tenant Gul as “over floor staff”, and stated the opposite two killed had been “militants”, recognized as Amir Magray, a resident of Gool in Ramban, Jammu, and a Pakistani, Bilal bhai.

Omar Abdullah, Jammu & Kashmir Nationwide Convention Vice President and former chief minister, with celebration leaders throughout a sit-in protest demanding a probe into the killings of civilians Altaf Ahmad Bhat & Mudasir Gul and the return of their our bodies, in Srinagar, Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021. (PTI)

No name has been made but on whether or not Magray’s physique could be exhumed too. Magray’s father Abdul Latief Magray, a state bravery award winner, instructed The Indian The Press Reporter Wednesday that his son labored as an workplace employees with Gul. “How can my son be a militant as I fought in opposition to them throughout peak militancy within the space?” stated the 58-year-old.

The coverage of not returning our bodies of militants to households was finalised by the J&Okay Police in the direction of the start of the pandemic final yr, with intelligence officers elevating considerations over large militant funerals. Since then, it’s the first time that police have allowed the exhumation of our bodies, regardless of calls for being raised a number of instances prior to now.

The District Justice of the Peace, Srinagar, introduced that Kashmir Administrative Service officer Khursheed Ahmad Shah will conduct the inquiry into the Hyderpora shootout, trying into the “information and circumstances associated to the incident and the reason for loss of life”.

Cops, together with IG, Kashmir, Vijay Kumar, met the households of Bhat and Gul throughout the day on Thursday. Bhat’s niece Saima Bhat stated after the assembly that the IGP had instructed them they had been contemplating returning his physique.

On Wednesday midnight, earlier than police forcibly eliminated the households of Gul and Bhat from a protest web site, electrical energy to the world was snapped. Amidst sub-zero temperatures in Srinagar, the households carried on the protest with automotive headlights.

A relative of Gul stated: “Police got here to us, requested us to wind up the protest and promised that the our bodies could be returned. However we requested them to present this in writing or announce it earlier than the media. They refused to do it and left. Someday later, they returned, dragged us and pushed us right into a police automobile. They stated that they had orders to clear the protest web site.”

In a 2014 judgment in a PUCL vs State of Maharashtra case, the Supreme Courtroom had held {that a} magisterial inquiry “should invariably” be held in all instances of loss of life “in the middle of police motion”. “The subsequent of kin of the deceased should invariably be related in such (an) inquiry,” it stated.

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