5 Militants Killed In Kupwara Gunfight Laid To Rest


South Kashmir Families To Wait For DNA Tests  


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Srinagar: Five militants killed in Sunday’s firefight with army in the frontier Kupwara district on Tuesday were laid to rest, while the families from twin districts of Shopian and Kulgam have been told to wait for DNA test to verify their claims that three of the slain were their kin

Bodies of all the five militants were buried at Noun Gali, a faraway place from main town Kupwara today by a group of locals after the officials conducted post-mortem and collected samples for DNA test, news agency GNS reported. The samples were collected by a team of doctors taken to the place by the police. Besides medico formalities, a police officer said that legal formalities were also conducted.

The DNA samples have been collected after three south Kashmir families approached police claiming three of the five slain militants were their kin. All the three families were seeking custody of the bodies for performing last rites.

The families, who had received information through anonymous sources about the killing of their kin, have given physical description and photographs to police to substantiate their claims, sources said. The families have now returned back to their villages and have to wait for report of the DNA test.

“As soon as DNA reports are received, these families or any other interest family would be called for matching of the samples. On matching of the samples, the bodies would be handed over to concerned family or families after completing all the procedures required under law,” a police officer told the news agency.

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