Family alleges slain man is not militant

Kashmir Times. Dated: 7/28/2021 11:58:50 AM

Kulgam encounter


SRINAGAR, Jul 27: The family of the ‘unidentified militant’ killed by security forces on Sunday in an encounter in Kulgam has alleged it to be a case of a fake encounter and maintained that the slain had nothing to do with militancy.
Abdul Qayoom Dar, father of the Imran Qayoom who was killed during the Kulgam encounter, has written to the District Magistrate in Anantnag “appealing” for a First Information Report and a probe into his killing.
The Jammu and Kashmir Police had claimed that one unidentified militant was killed in a gunfight in Sursano village of Kulgam after the police and the Army’s 34 Rashtriya Rifles launched a search operation.
In his letter to Anantnag DM Piyush Singla, Qayoom has submitted that he received a call at 8 am on Sunday from the village’s sarpanch who told him that the police demanded that he present himself along with his son at the police post in Khanabal.
“After some time, I received one more call from the police post Khanabal itself and they too informed me the same. I took the matter lightly as I couldn’t think in my wildest dreams that anything terrible would happen. At about 4:00 pm I reached police post Khanabal where they showed me the photograph of my son’s dead body,” his letter states.
It further adds, “At this point, the news of the gunfight and killing of one militant was already circulating across multiple platforms. I was in a deep state of shock to see the photograph of my dead son. I contacted D.O concerned and Dysp Ashiq who assured that you can collect the body of your son from PCR Srinagar which is lying there.”
After this call, Dar left along with his family to PCR Srinagar where they were informed that the body had been dispatched to a graveyard in Handwara area of north Kashmir for burial at 2:30pm.
Dar further writes that his son “was not involved in militancy related activities nor any member of our family supported any anti-national activities ever.” He further adds that his son “was a civilian… moving freely like any other civilian.”
A copy of the letter has been marked to the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Manoj Sinha, and Senior Superintendent of Police Anantnag, Imtiyaz Hussain.



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