Srinagar, November 19
The bodies of Mohammad Altaf Bhat and Mudasir Gul, the two civilians killed in the clash in Hyderpora, were laid to rest hours after being exhumed here, officials said on Friday. With this, the demand for the remains of Amir Magray, the third person killed in the shooting and whose parents claim he was innocent, has grown stronger.
The bodies, which were exhumed in Handwara after sunset on Thursday, arrived here around midnight. Men, women and children waiting for the bodies collapsed, mourning over the remains as they glimpsed the last glimpse of the dead before they were buried.
Lack of faith
The fact that families beg for remains instead of seeking justice reflects their lack of confidence in the system. Mehbooba Mufti, head of the PDP
Magray’s father won the State Bravery Prize. Her son was killed and falsely labeled an activist, which is very unfortunate. Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami, leader of the CPM
Amir Magray of Ramban, as an Indian citizen, enjoys the same rights (life and death) under Article 21 as Altaf Bhat and Mudasir Gul. Junaid Azim Mattu, Mayor of Srinagar
And the 4th?
Does the administration and also we (society) think he was the child (Amir Magray) of an inferior mortal? And the fourth? Ruhullah Mehdi, President of the National Conference
The bodies were taken in processions to local cemeteries amid chants of religious verses. Authorities had asked families to limit the gathering and bury them quickly, officials said. They said the bodies were buried in their ancestral cemeteries in Barzulla and Pirbagh after the funeral prayers were held.
The exhumation took place after enormous pressure from families as well as traditional politicians. On Thursday, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha ordered a judicial inquiry.
Meanwhile, mainstream leaders as well as the separatist camp have said that Amir Magray’s body should also be returned to his family in the Ramban area of Jammu.
PDP Chairman Mehbooba Mufti wrote on Twitter: “Aamir Magrey has yet to receive a decent funeral from his grieving family. The fact that these families are begging for remains instead of seeking justice reflects their lack of confidence in the system. “
National Conference chief Ruhullah Mehdi said on Twitter: “… do the administration and we (society) think he was the child (Magray) of an inferior mortal?” And what about the identity and details of the fourth killed? Or was there a fourth? Was there even a fighter among them?
Srinagar Mayor Junaid Azim Mattu tweeted that Amir Magray de Ramban, as an Indian citizen, enjoys the same rights (of life and death) under Article 21 of the Constitution as Altaf Bhat and Mudasir Gul. He said Magray’s remains should be returned.
CPM chief Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami said: “It has been proven beyond any doubt that Magray is a civilian. His father Abdul Latief Magray is a winner of the State Bravery Award and now his son has been killed and falsely labeled a militant which is very unfortunate. The least the administration can do is return his body. – PTI