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Hyderpora killings: prove Aamir was a militant; we won’t ask for anything, says Ramban family

The family of a youth from Ramban district killed in Hyderpora Srinagar encounter, who police claim was a militant associate, on Monday said that if authorities will prove that their son was a militant they won’t ask for anything.

Lateef Ahmad Magray father of Aamir Magray said that after they had written to District Commissioner Ramban to hand over the body of Aamir, they were asked to go north Kashmir and see his face but won’t return his body.

Magray said that they rejected the offer and told them “if they will give us body then and only then we will visit the graveyard but authorities didn’t accept it.”

He said that Aamir was a 5th standard pass out and then pursued the Mufti course from Kashmir and then decided to go for the Aalim course to Deoband. However, due to lockdown he returned and moved to Srinagar to earn a livelihood.

He said that he had a one-year agreement with Dr. Mudasir to work as a maid there at his office and he was also sending his salary mostly to her sister but he never visited home after he went to Srinagar some seven months before.

Magray said that he was almost daily talking with his family members on phone and on 13th “and 14th November he also called us and two days later they heard that he has been killed in an encounter”.

“He was innocent and if we would have ever found him involved in any militant activity, I would have handed over him to police but since a decade now police are guarding our residence in Ramban,” he said.

Magray, a PHE employee, said that for killing a militant with stone in 2005, he along with his family had to migrate to Udhampur for six years “but now my son has been killed for being a militant and even dead body is being denied.”

He said that “we are trying to meet LG Manoj Sinha in this regard and seek justice and if the government won’t return us body, “we will come on roads”.

The family members requested higher-ups especially Sinha to return the body and give them justice.

“They should prove him a militant. We won’t regret or ask for anything,” they said.

Pertinently, four persons including a non-local militant, two civilians from Srinagar, and Aamir from Ramban were killed in an encounter in Hyderpora Srinagar on November 16.

Police said that Hyder was a non-local militant, Aamir was a militant associate or hybrid militant, Altaf a complex owner was killed in cross-firing and Mudasir Gul was an OGW, however, families rejected such claims.

All were buried in north Kashmir after authorities declined to return bodies citing the law and order situation.

Later after protests from families, bodies of Altaf and Mudasir Gul were returned back and were buried in Srinagar.

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