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Barzulla militant’s body exhumed, handed over to family

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Srinagar: The body of a militant hailing from Barzulla, Srinagar, who was killed in Kupwara by army, was handed over to the next of kin after exhumation on Tuesday.

Mudasir Ahmad Bhat was buried near the Line of Control (LoC) in NK Gali area of Jumgund forests after army claimed to have killed him in a gunfight in Trehgam area on June 29.

Quoting an official in the Kupwara district administration, GNS news agency reported that the permission for exhumation of the body was granted today after DNA samples of the slain militant matched with those claiming to be his kin.

“The body of Mudasir Ahmad Bhat son of Ghulam Ahmad Bhat of Nasti Mohalla Old Barzulla, Srinagar was exhumed at 04:40 pm Tuesday from the NK Gali Jumgund forests and handed over to his legal heirs," the official was quoted as having said, in the report.

The family members of the slain militant who had come to Kupwara included Mudasir's father, brother and other few persons, he added.

Meanwhile, thousands of people participated in funeral of Bhat.

The people of Barzulla and its adjoining areas had been holding continuous protests demanding the body of Mudasir.  Sources said soon after body reached Barzulla, thousands of people had already assembled and later participated in his funeral.

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