Two ‘Infiltrators’ killed by armed forces turn out to be locals, police uses tear gas on protesters demanding bodies

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‘We saw photos on the Social Media and found that it was Mudasir’

Two among the five alleged infiltrators killed in Tangdar sector last month were identified on Sunday by their respective families from Kulgam and Pulwama in south Kashmir respectively. The Indian Army had said that at least five Militants were killed as the army foiled an infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district along the Tangdhar sector

Official sources told GNS that the two youth namely Sheeraz Ahmad Sheikh of Lajoora Pulwama and Mudasir Ahmad of Parigam Kulgam had gone missing.

The families said that they identified their kin through photographs shared by some locals on social media and demanded body for proper burial.

The Kashmiriyat quoted the family members of Sheeraz Sheikh saying that they identified Sheeraz in a photo over Social Media.
The family member added that Sheeraz had been missing from 9 months now.

Sheeraz according to sources was missing since September 2017 while as Mudasir is missing since July 2016.

“We saw photos on the Social Media and found that it was Mudasir,” a local from Parigam said. They said that Mudasir had gone missing two years back and it was known later that he had crossed over to LOC.

Soon after the news spread regarding the two youths being among the slain militants killed in Tangdar, a group of youth took to streets in Pulwama and started pelting stones on forces resulting in the clashes.

The police and paramilitary CRPF used tear smoke shells to disperse them.

Reports of protests were also received from Parigam area of Kulgam against the killing.

Meanwhile, police sources said that two police officers from the twin districts were immediately rushed to Kupwara for further necessary action.

Sources said that the bodies which have been buried during midnight on May 27 Badwan in frontier Tanghdar sector are likely to be exhumed in a day or two for DNA tests.

When contacted Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Shopian Ambarkar Shriram Dinkar told GNS that one family from Kulgam has approached the police so far and we are going to do DNA matching of slain militant with his family after getting proper permission from the concerned authority.

The encounter broke out after the soldiers of 20 JAT intercepted a group of infiltrators near eagle post on May 25.


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