Two businessmen among four killed in encounter in Kashmir

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Family members of Dr Altaf, Mudasir Gul demand bodies to perform their last rites

By Muslim Mirror Staff

Security forces killed four persons including two businessmen in Srinagar city of Indian-administered Kashmir. The police alleged that two militants were killed during the operation and the two businessmen were supporters of the militants.

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The killed businessmen – Dr Mudasir Gul and Altaf Bhat – had shops in the commercial complex at Hyderpora where the encounter took place last evening. Their families said that they were killed by security forces.

“You killed my innocent uncle Mohammad Altaf Bhat in cold blooded murder in Hyderpora, you used him as human shield and now saying he was “OGW”. return us his body” tweeted Saima Bhat.

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti demanded an inquiry into the killings.

“Using innocent civilians as human shields, getting them killed in cross firing & then conveniently labelling them as OGWs is part of GOIs rulebook now. Imperative that a credible judicial enquiry is done to bring out the truth & put an end to this rampant culture of impunity,” tweeted Ms Mufti.

The police did not hand over bodies to their families citing law and order. They said all the four bodies were buried in Handwara area of north Kashmir, 100 km from Srinagar.

“We approached families of Mudasir and Altaf to participate in burial. Since we have apprehensions of law and order problem we cannot handover bodies to families. We took bodies to Handwara where burial took place” said Vinay Kumar, Inspector General of Police, Kashmir.

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