Bodies of those killed in “Srinagar gunfight” won’t be returned to families: IGP

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Srinagar: Inspector General of Police (IGP) Vijay Kumar on Monday said that the bodies of those killed in alleged Srinagar gunfight won’t be returned to their families.

Kumar said, “In the case of militants or their associates, people get emotional and thousands come to attend the funeral. Since the novel coronavirus pandemic has not yet ended, we will have to use tear gas and pellets against those who will defy the covid protocols, for which we will be again criticised.” 

Adding that there was no question of returning the bodies for burial in ancestral graveyards, “Their burial has taken place in front of their families, also their involvement in militancy has been proved almost 60 percent, we will now convince their families. The bodies won’t be returned. ” He said.

He was responding to a question from a reporter who asked him if the bodies of those killed in the alleged gunfight in Srinagar would be returned to the families.

He said that the three youth killed were militants and police will soon convince the parents of trio with “concrete evidence.”

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a road safety week function in Srinagar, the IGP Kumar said: “We have collected 60 percent evidence and in next days, we will collect more evidence including the technical one and will first convince the parents of slain trio that their sons were involved in militancy and were providing logistic support to militants.”

He said that of late youth are being lured into militancy as OGWs as they are being provided with pistols and grenades. “Yesterday, we arrested a youth from Anantnag, along with a pistol and grenade who was tasked to kill someone. We are at it and will counter the trend through human tracking and this is our top priority,” he said. (with inputs from KNO)


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