Hyderpora killings: HC reserves verdict on father’s plea seeking son’s body

Family members of Amir Magray from Ramban wailing over Amir's killing. Amir was killed in a military operation in Hyderpora on November 16, 2021. [FPK Photo/Mukhtar Zahoor]

Srinagar: The High Court of J&K and Ladakh on Thursday reserved a verdict on a petition filed by the father of Amir Magray, one of the four persons killed in a military operation in Hyderpora area of Srinagar last year, seeking the return of his body for last rites.

Mother and sister of Amir Magrey. [FPK Photo/ Vikar Syed.]

Amir’s father, Mohammad Latief Magray had filed the petition through counsel Deepika Singh Rajawat in December last year. A bench of Justice Sanjeev Kumar reserved the verdict after hearing the parties.

Referring to the exhumation and return of the bodies of two others, a building landlord and a doctor with whom Amir was working as an office peon on November 18, the petitioner pleaded the high court to direct the respondents, including the Home Ministry of India, JK administration and the Director General of Police to hand over his son’s body for burial near his residence at Ramban.

Magray had met Lieutenant Governor on the 7th of December 2021 to press for the demand of return of the body and making the magisterial probe public.

The petitioner said he and his wife are grieving and restless as the respondents have not even given them a chance to see the face of their son the last time.

A family member of Amir shows his photo on her phone, as they demand the return of the dead body. Amir was killed in a military operation in Hyderpora on November 16, 2021. [FPK Photo/Mukhtar Zahoor]

Expressing his wish to bury his son close to his house in Ramban district, the petitioner wants to ensure burial of his dead son within a prescribed period after exhumation and in an atmosphere required to maintain peace.

Head of the SIT, DIG Sujith K Singh at a presser earlier this year said that investigation has revealed that Amir was closely associated with the foreign militant ‘Bilal Bhai’, “who was killed in the operation while trying to flee”. (GNS)


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