Srinagar: Former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and CPI leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami on Friday urged the government to return the body of the third person killed in the Hyderpora incident to his relatives for proper burial.
The Jammu and Kashmir government had exhumed the bodies of two civilians killed in a controversial encounter on Thursday evening, who were later buried at the ancestral graveyards in Srinagar. However, the body of the third slain Aamir Magrey, who police said was a militant, has not been handed over to the family. His family has contested the police claim.
“Aamir Magrey also killed in Hyderpora encounter is yet to be given a decent burial by his mourning family. The fact that these families are begging for mortal remains instead of asking for justice reflects their lack of faith in the system. His body must be returned immediately,” Mufti tweeted.
Meanwhile, CPI (M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami in a statement urged the government to return the body of Magray, resident of Gool in Ramban, without any further delay.
“It has been proven beyond any doubt that Magray is a civilian. His father Abdul Latief Magray is a state bravery award winner and now his son has been killed and falsely labelled as a militant, which is highly unfortunate,” Tarigami said.
The least the Jammu and Kashmir administration can do is return the body of Magray so that his family can perform his last rites. The government must ensure that those involved in the killing of unarmed civilians are brought to book and punished under the law, Tarigami added.
The All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) also called upon the authorities to return the body of Magray. In a statement, the APHC asked the authorities to desist from the “criminal practice” of “ceasing” bodies and denying their families the right to a proper burial.
APHC also extended greetings to the Sikh brethren on the occasion of Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s birth anniversary.