As the families of three youth who were killed in a firefight on Srinagar outskirts said that their sons were killed in a staged encounter, the Jammu and Kashmir Police on Wednesday admitted that the trio were not in their list of insurgents operating in the contested region.
Families of Ajaz Maqbool Ganie, Ather Mushtaq — both residents of Pulwom — and Zubair Lone a resident of Shupain, while demanding the body of the slain trio, told the mediapersons outside the Police Headquarters that their children were innocent and were arrested by the government forces before being gunned down at Lawaypora on the Srinagar-Varmul highway.
In a press statement, the police said “some families from South Kashmir came to PCR and claimed them to be their wards”. “They have been sent to Ganderbal for further identification and participation in last rites in the presence of Magistrate,” the police said.
“Although the three slain were not mentioned in our list of militants”, the police said: “yet two of them are hardcore associates of Over Ground Workers of the insurgents”.
The press release noted: Pertinently, one of the two is relative of top Hizbul Mujahideen commander Rayees Kachroo who was killed in 2017.”
“Reportedly, third might have joined very recently”, the police said.
Stating that the police is investigating the case and after thorough investigation will come to the conclusion soon on merits, the press release claimed: “Generally parents don’t have idea about the activities of their wards. Several OGWs after committing terror crimes like grenade throwing & pistol shooting stay normally with their family.”