Minor among missing laborers from Rajouri, reveal documents

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One of the three missing laborers from Rajouri, all cousins, alleged by their families to have been killed in the Shopian gunfight on 18 July, has now been found to be a minor. According to school certificated obtained by Rajouri-based civil rights activist, Guftar Chourdhary, Mohammad Ibrar is 16-years-old.

On 14 August, Mr. Choudhary shared a photograph of Ibrar’s 10th standard certificate and a newly issued domicile certificate, according to which Ibrar was born on 25 February 2004. The families of the missing labourers, believe the trio were killed in the alleged fake gunfight in south Kashmir’s Shopian, have demanded their bodies and an independent judicial probe.

On Tuesday, 11 August, the families along with a social activist and a sarpanch had met with the Director-General of Police, Dilbag Singh, Senior Superintendent of Police in Rajouri, Chandan Kohli, and Additional Superintendent of Police, Liyaqat Ali.

Yesterday, 13 August, a team of Kashmir police collected DNA samples of the families — to be cross-checked with the DNA samples of three persons killed in the Shopian gunfight, which the police and the army had claimed were “terrorists”.

Tweeting the photographs of the certificates, Mr. Choudhary wrote on Twitter: “16yrs old Mohd Abrar Scored 279/500 in 10th class exam last year. Tehsildar Kotranka issued Domicile certificate to Abrar on 4th July just 12days before leaving for Shopian. What was his fault.Will he get Justice,his father is in Saudia,his mother is crying. #ShopianFakeEncounter.”

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