In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, The High Court has asked the administration to submit its response in 10 days against the writ peti-tion filed by the Ramban family seeking the return of their son’s body who was martyred in a fake encounter in Hyderpora on 15 November, last year.
On 31 December, Lateef Magray- father of Amir Magray- one of the three civilians killed in staged encounter, filed a writ petition in the High Court seeking the body of his son.
Magray, in the petition, has pleaded the court to direct the Indian Home Ministry, IIOJK administra-tion and the Director General of Police (DGP) to hand over his body to the family.
Speaking to the media, Advocate Deepika Singh Rajawat, who is pursuing the case, said that the court has issued the notice to the respondents [the admin] and has given 10 days time to respond to the petition regarding the return of the mortal remains of Amir Magray.
Rajawat said that the HC has given 27 January as the next date for the hearing of the case. On 15 November, the fake encounter took place in the Hyderpora area of Srinagar in which three civilians Muhammad Altaf Bhat, a resident of Barazulla, Dr Mudasir Gul a resident of Budgam and Amir Ahmad Magray, a resident of Ramban were killed. Aamir was working as a helper in Gul’s office.
Initially, all the four bodies were buried in Wudder Payeen village in Handwara. However, succumbing to the civil society pressure, the au-thorities later handed over the bodies of Butt and Gul to be buried in their ancestral graveyard. How-ever, the body of Amir has not been returned to his family.—KMS