In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, a division bench of the High Court on Friday has denied the exhumation of the body of a youth, Aamir Magrey, who was martyred by Indian troops in last year’s Hyderpora fake encounter.
The court has, however, refused to pass any order on exhumation of Aamir’s body, stating that the dead body would have started decomposing immediately after the burial.
The division bench comprising Chief Justice, Pankaj Mithal, and Judge Javid Iqbal Wani directed the authorities to allow family members of Aamir (maximum 10 persons) to perform Fateha Khawani (religious rituals/prayers after burial) for him at Wadder Payeen Graveyard in North Kashmir’s Handwara, on the date and time to be decided in consultation with authorities.
The court also directed the authorities to pay compensation of five lakh rupees to the family of Magrey. The court said the prayer of counsel of Lateef Magrey, Aamir’s father, that he and his family members be permitted to see the face of deceased by opening the grave of the deceased, cannot be accepted and permitted. The court citing one of the reasons for not allowing the permission, maintained that in view of pleading of writ petitioner, the dead body would start decomposing immediately after burial.
It is to mention here that Indian troops had martyred four civilians, including Aamir Magrey, Altaf Ahmed Butt and Dr Mudassir Gull, in a staged encounter in Hyderpora area of Srinagar on November 15, 2021. The bodies of Altaf Ahmad Butt and Dr Mudasir Gul were exhumed and returned to the families following massive anti-India demonstrations after the incident.—KMS