Hyderpora encounter :Family Says Slain Civilian Was Not A Militant Associate, Demand Body

Identified as Mohammad Altaf Bhat, he
was injured and later died. It was not
known if somebody had evacuated him to
the hospital. The family, however, said he
was dead in the complex only.

SRINAGAR: A family from Barzulla
whose member was killed in the
encounter in Hyderpora has denied
police claims that he was a militant
associate. They are seeking the body for
burial.Identified as Mohammad Altaf Bhat, he
was injured and later died. It was not
known if somebody had evacuated him to
the hospital. The family, however, said he
was dead in the complex only.Quoting IGP Kashmir, Vijay Kumar, a
police spokesman said on Twitter that
the “house owner who was injured in the
(militant) fire, succumbed to his injuries.
(Militants) have been hiding on top floor
of his building. As per source and digital
evidence, he has been working as
(militant) associate. Search is still going
on: IGP Kashmir.”
However, the family said the encounter
did not take place in the complex. They,
however, admit that the police and the
army searched the premises, thrice, and
all the three times he was taken along.
“My uncle was murdered,” one of the
slain Bhat’s nieces said. “He runs a
cement and hardware shop and owns the
complex which the police searched.” She
said they are on the Barzulla bridge
seeking the dead body for burial after
they failed to get it while visiting PCR
and the concerned police station. She
said he had no militant affiliations,Directly or indirectly Two militants were killed in the gun
battle that broke later in the evening.
Two daughters, wife, and a son survive
Bhat, a businessman. The family said the
slain man’s nephew was accompanying
him at the time of the incident. The
family is protesting and seeking the body
for a decent burial.(KL)

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