Police bars condolence meet at slain militant’s home; FIR filed for COVID SOP violation

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The police on Saturday barred relatives and neighbors of a slain militant from observing a condolence meeting and filed a case for violation of COVID19 protocols.

The police also seized a tent and several carpets from the house of Musaib Bhat, a militant who was killed in a gunfight yesterday in Khrew area of Pampore town.

The family of Bhat had set up a tent and laid carpets for the condolence meetings in the compound of their house at Khrew, few kilometers outside Srinagar city. 

However, the police did not allow the condolence event, saying the gathering was violative of the COVID19 restrictions.

“Some material and tent was pitched outside the house of Musaib and people had gathered there in violation of COVID protocol, we seized the material and investigation is on,” Mohamad Yousuf, Superintendent of Police Awantipora, told The Kashmir Walla.

The officer also said that a First Investigation Report (FIR) into the matter has been registered and an investigation has been set into motion. 

The police also tweeted that the public had gathered at the slain militant’s residence “in violation of covid SOP.” “FIR registered. Those found in propagating false news shall be booked under law,” the police said.

The police’s action to bar the condolence meeting at a slain militant’s house for violating COVID19 restrictions has come at when there is more than a year-long ban on funerals and public burials of militants as part of COVID19 SOPs.

The police have not handed over the bodies of militants to their families for more than a year now. The bodies have been buried at remote locations in different mountainous areas. 

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