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SIT to probe Hyderpora killings, families of 2 slain demand return of bodies

A Special Investigation Team headed by a Deputy Inspector General of Police investigate the sequence of events that led to the killing of two civilians in the Hyderpora gunfight in which two civilians were also killed.

“SIT headed by a DIG will probe modus-operandi of the hi-tech hideout of Hydeprora. They will also get into the details of whether militants were in touch with any foreign country. The team will also look into the sequence of events that led to the killing of the building owner and another civilian,” IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar told pressmen at PCR addressing a press conference.

Asked whether it was true that mobile phones and computers recovered from the encounter site had links with foreign countries including the US, the IGP said that it was a matter of investigation and once full details come, the same will be shared with media.

He also said that investigations will clear whether a pistol bullet had hit building owner Altaf Ahmed or he was hit by an AK bullet fired by forces.

Family members of two slain in Hyderpora encounter—building owner Altaf Ahmed and Mudasir Gul meanwhile urged the Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha to help them in taking the bodies of their loved ones back home for proper burial.

Daughter of building owner Altaf Ahmed said that her father left home wearing a jacket and sweater and they lost contact with him after the encounter took place on Monday evening. “We urge the LG Manoj Sinha to direct police to return my father’s body so that we can see him one last time and give him a proper burial bath,” she said amid tears.

Police said that Altaf was killed in a crossfire at the encounter site after calling him a terror associate.

Family members of slain Mudasir Gul, a resident of the Rawalpora area of Srinagar outskirts, staged a protest at press enclave Srinagar and demanded the return of their son’s body. “He has two little kids and we want to show them the face of their father one last time.

Police should return the body of our son,” said the wailing mother of slain Mudasir, adding that her son was innocent.

Other family members and relatives of slain Mudasir out rightly rejected police claim that the slain was an Over Ground Worker, stating that “Mudasir had no militant links and was innocent.”

Police said Mudasir had provided his rented accommodation to the militants for use as a hideout and he was also working as an Over Ground Worker for militants.

According to police, a foreign militant, his local associate from Banihal, building owner Altaf Bhat, and Mudasir were killed in a Hyderpora encounter.

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