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Contested Srinagar encounter: NC takes fight for bodies of slain to Indian Parliament

Two National Conference lawmakers on Wednesday protested outside the Indian Parliament in New Delhi, demanded an impartial probe into the contested Srinagar encounter. 

The two parliamentarians of the lower house, Farooq Abdullah and Hasnain Masoodi, staged a silent sit in outside at the Gandhi statue demanding an impartial and independent probe into the Parimpora gunfight where three youth were killed, whom government forces declared militants.

The duo holding placards said that the slain in Shopian fake encounter of 2019 were proven innocent after government forces “declared them top commanders”.

“We demand that the bodies of the slain in Srinagar encounter should be handed over to their families,” Massodi said.

During the question hour, in the lower house, he sought an impartial probe in to the killings as even police have said that the slain trio were not in their list of active militants.

“Under the national and international humanitarian laws, there is a right to a decent burial as a fundamental right with the family and relatives of slain organizing the funeral under religious obligations,” he said.  

“We have intimated the Defence and Home Minister within the house and demanded an impartial probe like the one held in Shopian gunfight case. We have told them not to disrupt the maintained belief.”

Masoodi said that in the Parliament they informed the house that the Srinagar encounter was “shrouded and suspicious.”  

“We told the House that in case of Shopian fake encounter, forces had claimed killing top three commanders, who later turned out to be civilians from the nomadic community of Rajouri district,” he said.

In 2019, police chargesheet notes that an Indian army captain, along with others, had killed three youth from Rajouri, for a cash reward of Rs 200,000.

“In Parimpora encounter, a family has lost a juvenile son under mysterious and suspicious circumstances. His body should be handed over to his parents,” he said.

Masoodi also said that registering a case against the family demanding the body of the slain shows the confusion. “They (authorities) must step into the shoes of the affected family and try to understand their pain,” he said.

The Kashmir police last week booked the father of one of the slain after he held a meeting demanding the body of his son in a local mosque in Pulwama.

He said it was NC that raised concerns related to Shopian encounter iin Parliament displaying the pictures of the victims. “We got the job done that time and we are hopeful to see an impartial probe into the Hokersar encounter as well,” he said.

Three boys from two south Kashmir districts were killed on Srinagar outskirts on December 30, last year with the family members pleading the innocence of their wards. Their families say “the trio were not militants and that bodies be handed over to them.” The police have said it will produce evidence of them having connections with militants soon.

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