125 militants’ bodies not handed over to family to stop ‘pro-jihad gatherings’ in Kashmir: Report

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Srinagar: Around 125 local militants killed during the anti-militant operations in different areas of Jammu and Kashmir were buried in far-flung areas from their homes this year so far in the erstwhile state.

According to a report by news agency IANS, a total of 171 militants were killed in the valley till October 10 this year.

In April this year, the state administration had taken a decision to carry out the burial of killed local militants in areas far from their hometowns to help the armed forces in maintaining law and order in the valley.

The administration has also decided that they won’t hand over bodies to family members in order to stop “pro-jihad” gatherings.

“Burial procession of killed local militants had become a recruiting ground for Pakistan-based militant organisations,” the report quoted an Indian Army officer as having said.

The deaths of militants were often a public spectacle. Locals grieve the loss saying that the slain militants fought against the state’s armed forces, the report said.

The report added that burial processions used to attract huge local crowds and in every such procession, a minimum of two to three youth got deviated and joined the militant outfits

“It was a very challenging task for us to stop such recruitments,” the report quoted another official as saying.

Further, it became a tough task for police to control law and order situation as these crowds resorted to stone pelting on the police and paramilitary posts and convoys, the report said.

To stop such recruitment, the state administration had decided the burials would be conducted by local authorities and that too under the supervision of a magistrate. But the state ensured burials are being conducted in a respectful manner and in the presence of their families and in full compliance with religious requirements.

DNA samples are also being maintained to ensure transparency, the officer told the news agency.

The report said that officials of JK administration recently became increasingly alarmed when, early this month, several hundred people gathered for the burial rites of slain Jaish-e-Muhammad militant Sajjad Nawab Dar in Sopore, defying restrictions on gatherings.

Quoting sources, the report said that JKadministration is burying militants killed in south Kashmir in north Kashmir and vice versa. The administration ensured that the family members attend the burial.

“This is being done so that these militants do not become faces of militancy for youth to take up arms,” a senior officer told IANS.

He explained that earlier funerals evoked an emotional response from residents who did not view them as militants rather as soldiers who took up armed resistance against India.

In April, the administration took the step where burials of militants would be carried out by the state and only family members would be allowed.

“This has brought a positive change in the valley, particularly in terror hotbeds areas,” the report quoted the Army officer further saying.


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