After 32 days the wait finally ended for the family of slain Barzulla militant whose body was exhumed and handed over to them on Tuesday amid hue and cry.
The body of Mudasir Ahmad Bhat was exhumed in the late afternoon from the NK Gali, Jumgund forests (near LoC) of Kupwara where he was buried and was handed over to his family.
The family members went to Kupwara to receive the body of Mudasir.
The entire Barzulla area erupted in protest after the police broke the news that DNA reports have come and the samples of Mudasir Ahmad Bhat have matched to that of his father. “The samples have matched and rule of law will be followed. Mudasir’s body will be handed over to his family,” police had said.
The family of the slain militant couldn’t control their emotions soon after the news broke and kept waiting for his body the whole day.
“Now we can say we are a bit satisfied, whatever happened was the destiny but it gives you a sense of satisfaction when you have to say good bye to your family member and you see his or her face face for one last time,” said one of the relatives of the slain militant.
Adding that the government should have handed over the body he said they were compelled to hit the roads as we kept demanding the body from day one but things went ugly and we continued to protest to demand justice.
Peaceful protests were carried out by the family members and the locals soon after the announcements were made since morning in Barzulla area about the return of Bhat’s body. All the shops in the area were closed. Forces were also deployed in strength in and around the area to prevent protests.
On June 29, the army claimed to have killed an unidentified militant in a brief gunfight at Trehgam in frontier district of Kupwara in north Kashmir. He was buried after postmortem at NK Gali area of Jumgund forests in Kupwara forests.
Last Wednesday, the High Court directed the government to inform it within a week about the DNA profiling of Ghulam Muhammad Bhat of Barzulla, who had sought directions for exhumation of the body of his slain son, Mudasir Ahmad Bhat.
The family members and the relatives of Mudasir have been staging protests in Barzulla continuously for the past one month to demand his body.