After exhumation, bodies of two south Kashmir ‘militants’ handed over to families

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The bodies of two south Kashmir militants were exhumed on Thursday, over a month after they were buried near the Line of Control (LoC) in Machil sector of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.
Quoting an official, GNS news agency reported that the permission for exhumation of the bodies was granted yesterday after their DNA samples matched with their kin.
“The bodies of Zahid Rashid Bhat son of Abdul Rashid Bhat of Braihad, Katapora, Yaripora in Kulgam and Nissar Ahmad Bhat son of Ghulam Rasool Bhat of Krad Shangus, Anantnag were exhumed from the Machil sector and handed over to their respective families,” said the official.
A relative of the slain said that bodies will be buried in their native villages today. “We expect to reach respective villages by mid-night and both the bodies will be buried on Friday,” he said.
The exhumation followed submission of applications by the families before the district magistrate Kupwara after they saw pictures of their kin through social media and later at concerned police station.
The families also provided DNA samples as part of procedure for establishing identity.
Army had on June 6 claimed to foil an infiltration bid by killing three “unidentified militants” in Machhil sector.

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