Srinagar: Police have decided to match the DNA of the alleged militants killed in a south Kashmir’s Shopian with the families of three missing Rajouri youth.
Police said that, it will examine the claimants and carry out DNA sampling for matching purpose.
“Besides identification, police will also investigate all other aspects as per the law in due course of time,” police in a statement said.
The police in a statement said, “District Police Rajouri have been approached by some families yesterday claiming that their kin had gone to Shopian for labour work and contacted on phone on 17th July.
“As per families when they didn’t contact them after 17th July they lodged missing report at PP Peeru on 10/8/2020. Meanwhile social media reported that the terrorists killed in an operation at Shopian on 18/07/2020 are reportedly their kin.
“Apropos to our earlier press note regarding the said operation, police had provided sufficient time for identification of dead bodies at PCR Kashmir Srinagar. However, the dead bodies could not be identified and they were buried in presence of Magistrate after conducting post-mortem and lifting DNA samples.
“Taking cognisance of the claim by the families and media reports, Shopian Police will examine the claimants and carry out DNA sampling for matching purpose. Besides identification, Police will also investigate all other aspects as per the law in due course of time.
The families of trio are alleging that their missing relatives were working as laborers and had left Rajouri for Shopian on 16 July. The father of 25-year-old Ibrar Ahmed, Mohammad Yousuf, had said that his son had last called on the evening of 17 July to tell us he reached the place.” Since then, he had not contacted the family, he claimed.
On 10 August, Mr. Ali said he received the missing complaint filed by the kins. However, the family identified three men from the photographs, allegedly of the men killed by the army in Shopian on 18 July and passed off as militants, on social media.