Tangdhar gunfight: Families demand return of bodies

Families of two deceased militants have identified their bodies through the photographs and have accused the government of delaying formalities of handing over bodies to them.

Shabir Ahmad Bhat, brother of one of the militant Mudasir Ahmad Bhat said that the family reached Tanghdar on Sunday. “We have clearly established from the photographs shown to us again at police station Tanghdar that one of the bodies is that of Mudasir,” he said.


Similarly, Mohammad Yaqoob Sheikh, uncle of another Sheraz Ahmad Sheikh said that the family identified him from the pictures. They demanded the body should be returned without any delay to them.

Both families alleged that despite approaching the administration on Sunday morning, the process to exhume the bodies and carry out other formalities is being delayed. They urged higher-ups to speed up the process so that the bodies are properly buried.

“There is the apprehension of law and order in Pulwama. The sooner we get the bodies the better it would be (for all),” the families said, adding that there should be no delay in handing over the bodies.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kupwara Ambarkar Shriram Dinkar said that there is SOP with regard to it and it is to be followed.

“The bodies are not only to be exhumed but there are other formalities which are to be followed,” SSP Kupwara said, adding, “We are trying our level best to ensure that the whole process is completed as soon as possible.”

The encounter broke out after the soldiers of 20 JAT intercepted a group of infiltrators near eagle post on May 25. He also claimed recovery of huge quantity of arms, ammunition, food items and other equipment from the possession of the slain militants.