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Slain Langate militant’s body exhumed, handed over to family

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Srinagar, Aug 25: Authorities on Saturday exhumed and handed over the body of a militant from Langate area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district to his family.

Muzaffar Ahmad Mir was killed in a gunfight with government forces in Dooniwari forests of Rafiabad in Baramulla district on Aug 08 along with four other associates. He was buried in Hamam area a day later.

An official of the administration told GNS news agency that the permission for exhumation of the body was granted today after DNA sample of the slain militant matched with those claiming to be his kin.

“The body of Muzafar Ahmad Mir, son of Bashir Ahmad Mir of Astanpora, Langate, was exhumed today late in the afternoon from the graveyard of Hamam Markote and handed over to his legal heirs,” the official said.

The family members of the slain militant who had come to Hamam Markote included Muzafar’s father and few other persons, he added.

Muzaffar's father Bashir Ahmad Mir confirmed to GNS that the body has been exhumed and taken over by the family.

"The body was completely decomposed due to seeping of water in the graveyard. We have received the body and it would be buried at the ancestral graveyard," KNS quoted father as saying.

On Aug 08, the Army had claimed to have killed five unidentified militants in an encounter at dense woods of Rafiabad. The slain militants including Muzafar were buried at Hamam Markote next day.

Meanwhile, in wake of the exhumation of the body, authorities today snapped Internet services in parts of Handwara as a "precautionary measure". A complete and spontaneous shutdown was also observed in Kralgund and Langate areas to mourn the death of Muzaffar.

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