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Hyderpora civilian killings: Prove militancy claim, Amir’s family tells Police

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Family member of Amir showing his photo on her phone, demanding the dead body of the slain. Amir was killed in a military operation in Hyderpora. [FPK Photo/Mukhtar Zahoor]

Ramban: The family members of the civilian from Ramban district killed in Hyderpora Srinagar, who police claim was a militant associate, said that if authorities will prove that their son was a militant they won’t ask for anything.

Lateef Ahmad Magray father of Aamir Magray said that after they had written to DC Ramban to hand over the body of Aamir, they were asked to go north Kashmir and see his face but won’t return his body.

Magray said that they rejected the offer and told them “if they will give us body then and only then we will visit the graveyard but authorities didn’t accept it.”

He said that Aamir was the 5th standard pass out and then pursued the Mufti course from Kashmir and then decided to go for Aalim course to Deoband. However, due to lockdown he returned back and decided to go to Srinagar to earn a livelihood.

He said that he had a year agreement with Mudasir to work as a caretaker there at his office and he was also sending his salary mostly to her sister but he never visited home back after he went to Srinagar some six-seven months before.

Magray said that he was almost daily talking with his family members on phone and on 13th and 14th November he also called us and two days later they heard that he has been killed in an encounter.

“He was innocent and if we would have ever found him involved in any anti-India activity, I would have handed over him to police but since a decade now police is guarding our residence in Ramban,” he said.

Magray, a PHE employee, said that for killing a militant with stone in the year 2005, he along with his family had to migrate to Udhampur for six years “but now my son has been killed for being a militant and even dead body is being denied.”

He said that we are trying to meet LG in this regard and seek justice and if the administration won’t return us the body, “we will come on roads”.

The family members requested higher-ups especially LG Manoj Sinha to return the body and give them justice.

“They should prove him a militant. We won’t regret or ask for anything,” they said.

Pertinently, four persons including a non local militant, two civilians from Srinagar, and Aamir from Ramban were killed in a military operation in Hyderpora Srinagar on November 16.

Police said that Hyder was a nonlocal militant, Aamir was a militant associate or hybrid militant, Altaf a complex owner was killed in cross-firing and Mudasir Gul was an OGW, however, families rejected such claims.

All were buried in north Kashmir after authorities declined to return bodies citing the law and order situation.

Later after protests from families, bodies of Altaf and Mudasir Gul were returned back and were buried in Srinagar, however, no word was uttered by authorities about the return of Aamir’s body. (KNO)

 

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