‘Not Abu Qasim, He is My Son’

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SRINAGAR:- Refuting police claims that the militant killed in Khandeypora Kulgam was LeT commander Abu Qasim, Hajam family from Khandeypora Thursday said that the deceased youth is Muhammad Yaqoob who according to them had “gone to Pakistan for arms training when he was just 15”.
Eyewitnesses told CNS that the body of slain militant was taken to Bugam for last rites but soon after performing his funeral procession a lady appeared there who claimed that the slain militant is her brother and he should be buried in his native Khandeypora village. After watching the body of ‘Abu Qasim’ the lady who identified herself as Naseema Banoo claimed that it was his brother Yaqoob, who according to her was only 15 when he crossed Line of Control.
Instead of burying ‘Abu Qasim’ in Bugam, the mourners on the request of Naseema Bano marched towards Khandeypora village where the villagers claimed that the slain militant is Yaqoob Hajam son of Muhammad Ismayil. “I may be wrong but my two daughters Naseema Banoo and Mubeena Banoo and two sons Mushtaq Ahmed and Ghulam Mohiuddin will not be wrong who identified their brother Yaqoob. We had lost hope about him but thank God he died in his own village,” Khatoon Banoo the mother of slain youth said.
His brother Mushtaq Ahmed said that his brother Yaqoob had “a rare identification mark on his ear”. “My brother Yaqoob had two ears one big and one small to his right. I identified him and he is Yaqoob,” he said.
When contacted Inspector General of Police Kashmir Zone Syed Javaid Mujtaba Gillani said, “this is all non-sense and these claims made by the family have no weight.”
Despite the claims made by the family, thousands of people from Bugam area took the body of the slain militant along with him and buried the body there.

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