Barzulla Family Demanding Body of Militant Son Sprayed with Pepper Gas

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SRINAGAR — Police showered pepper spray to disperse protesters seeking the body of a local youth in Barzulla, who according to them, was killed in Kupwara gunfight on June 30.

Pertinently, the army on June 30 evening claimed to have killed an unidentified militant in an encounter at Tunga Top forest area of Kachama Handwara.

The Barzulla family later on claimed that the militant killed in the gunfight was their son Mudasir Ahmad Bhat (31) son of Ghulam Ahmad Bhat of Nasti Mohalla, Old Barzullah.

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 Mudasir, according to family had gone to Saudi Arabia in 2016.

The family members have been protesting from past three weeks demanding the body of Mudasir. “Even the State Governor had assured legislator Engineer Rasheed that body will be handed over to family, but nothing happened on the ground. We have been protesting in vain as authorities, particularly police are unmoved,” the sister of slain youth  said.

Protesters blocked road on Barzulla Bridge prompting police to use pepper spray to disperse the protesters, most of them women. 

Meanwhile, Jammu Kashmir Police Chief SP Vaid said that the body will be handed over to the family once they receive DNS report. “As soon we receive DNA report, we will hand over the body to family,” Vaid said. 

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