Families await bodies of civilians killed in Hyderpora ‘gunfight’

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Srinagar: The families of two civilians killed in alleged Hyderpora gunfight are waiting to bury the bodies as the authorities have not yet handed over the bodies to the families in Srinagar.

A resident of Barzulla area in Srinagar, Muhammad Altaf Bhat, a businessman and resident of Budgam, Mudasir Gul, who also ran an office in the same building, where the alleged gunfight took place, were shot dead along with Amir Ahmad Magray, a resident of Ramban and employee of Gul. The police claimed that the trio were killed along with a foreign militant Haidar. Magray was accused to be a militant associate.

Sources told The Kashmir Walla that bodies of Altaf Ahmad Bhat and Mudasir Gul have reached the Police Control Room in Srinagar & are yet to be handed over to the families.

As per a police official, the two bodies of Gul and Bhat were exhumed earlier today evening from Handwara graveyard, where they had been buried without presence of family members.

“Two bodies have been exhumed and sent to Srinagar under police protection,” the official told The Kashmir Walla. “The bodies will be handed over to the families and they will bury them before dawn.”

After the alleged gunfight, families of Gul, Bhat and Magray rejected the police claim that the trio had any involvement with militancy. The families continuously protested demanding the return of bodies.

The Jammu and Kashmir administration has called for magisterial probe into the killings and asked for report to be submitted within 15 days.

Several political leaders, including two former chief ministers, protested against the killings and demanded the return of bodies.

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