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‘For demanding son’s body’: Kashmir police book father of youth killed in contested Srinagar encounter

The police in Jammu and Kashmir have reportedly booked the the father of an alleged militant killed in a contested encounter in the Parimpora area of the summer capital Srinagar last year.

Athar Mushtaq, along with two other alleged militants Ajaz Maqbool Ganai and Zubair Ahmad Lone, was killed in an encounter with government forces, led by the Indian army on December 31, 2020. Police had said while the trio was not listed as militants in their records, two of them had “radical’ thoughts.

Reports said police booked the father of Athar Mushtaq for “demanding” the body of his son.

Reports said Athar’s father including six others have been booked under FIR Number 7/2021 U/S 147, 341, 13 ULA RPC lodged at the Police station of Rajpora in Pulwama.

The families of the three have been holding protests and demanding the return of their bodies, claiming they were innocents and killed in a staged encounter.

No matter if we have to move to the Supreme Court, we will move there to get the bodies back,” Athar’s uncle had said earlier.

Reports said the FIR has been launched after Athar’s family held a meeting inside a local mosque, in which the attendees demanded return of his body. 

“After losing his son in an alleged fake encounter, Athar Mushtaq’s father has been slapped with an FIR for demanding his dead body. His crime was to stage a peaceful protest. The inhabitants of Naya Kashmir can’t even question a callous admin & have been reduced to living corpses,” former Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said on Twitter.

Police officials did not respond to repeated queries from the media.

The families of the slain trio maintain that their children were picked up by the army while they were on way to fill examination forms, and killed in a staged encounter in Parimpora.

Fearing massive public participation, the Indian authorities don’t return the bodies of slain insurgents to their families. Thousands of people would participate in the funerals of insurgents across Kashmir and since past two years the dead insurgents are buried at covert locations.

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