Exhume Bodies Of Slain, Hand Them Over To Families For Last Rites: Omar Abdullah

SRINAGAR: National Conference vice-president and the former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah Thursday said bodies of civilians killed in Hyderpora encounter should be exhumed in Handwara and handed over to their families for last rites. He, however, said he was hopeful that the inquiry ordered by the Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha would establish the fact and will be held in a transparent manner.

Omar led a sit-in of party leaders at a local park at Sonwar here, a few meters away from his Gupkar residence, against the “government’s denial in handing over bodies of those killed in Hydepora encounter to their families for last rites.”

Speaking to reporters, Omar said he doesn’t ask for anything except the bodies of those buried in Handwara. “I had decided not to stage a sit-in but to knock other doors but the way families of slain were treated yesterday evening, I couldn’t control myself and decided to raise my voice,” the NC leader said as per news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO). “The families were first called to SP office and then to PCR and then asked to wait for two, three days. So, I had no option but to join the families in protest.”

He said that LG Manoj Sinha has ordered an inquiry and he was hopeful that the probe will establish the fact and will be held in a transparent manner. “J&K police has itself admitted that civilians were killed in cross fire. I want their bodies be exhumed from Handwara and the same be handed over to their families for last rites,” said Omar, who was flanked by senior party leaders in the local park here.

Asked about “Hybrid militants”, the former chief minister of J&K said that he has chaired a series of UHQ meetings when he was heading the erstwhile State. “I have read so many intelligence reports and I do watch happenings across the world but I haven’t heard about Hybrid militants. Some should make me understand what it means,” he said and reiterated that bodies of those slain in Hyderpora encounter be handed over to their families.

Meanwhile, Omar told reporters that he was in touch with the family of slain and they have been assured by the IGP Kashmir that bodies of their loved ones will be given back. “If the families have been assured, I am assured. There is no purpose of continuing the sit-in. It wasn’t my purpose to create any law and order or any other issue. Hope these families get justice,” he said, adding that his only motive was that no other family suffers like those who were protesting in the bone chilling cold at press enclave yesterday—(KNO)

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