Srinagar, Nov 19 (GNS): Cutting across party lines, all mainstream parties in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday demanded return of mortal remains of Amir Ahmad Magray, a resident of Gool Ramban who was among those killed in the controversial Hyderpora encounter November 15.
“Aamir Magrey also killed in Hyderpora encounter is yet to be given a decent burial by his mourning family. The fact that these families are begging for mortal remains instead of asking for justice reflects their lack of faith in the system,” PDP Chief and former Chief Minister of erstwhile state government said in a tweet. “His body must be returned immediately,” she added.
CPI (M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami also urged the government to return the body of Amir Ahmad Magray without any further delay.
“It has been proven beyond any doubt that Magray is a civilian. His father Abdul Latief Magray is a state bravery award winner and now his son has been killed and falsely labeled as a militant which is highly unfortunate,” he said in a statement to GNS.
The least the J&K administration could do is to return the body of Amir’s so that his family could perform his last rites.
“The government must ensure that those involved in the killing of unarmed civilians are brought to book and punished under law.”
National Conference vice president and former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah also demanded return of the Amir’s body.
“There is also the 3rd victim in this – Aamir Magray from Gool in Jammu who seems to have fallen between the cracks & nobody is talking about him. Why can’t his body be returned as well? Return his body,” Omar Abdullah said in a debate on TV channel.
His party senior senior Aga Ruhullah Mehdi said in a tweet, “Is Amir Magray’s body returned to his family? And if not, why? Does the administration and also we (the society) think he was child of a lesser mortal? And what about the identity and details of the 4th one killed? Or was there a 4th one? Was there even a combatant among them?
Sajjad Gani Lone, JKPCC Chief said that he hopes “sanity prevails and the govt returns the body of Amir Ahmed of Ramban.”
JKAP leader and Srinagar Mayor Junaid Azim Mattu also demanded Amir’s mortal remains be handed to his family.
“As a citizen of India – Amir Magray of Ramban enjoys the same rights (in life and in death) under Article 21 of the Constitution of India as Altaf Bhat and Mudasir Gul. Request @manojsinha_ Sahab that his mortal remains too should be handed over to his family for last rites,” Mattu said on Twitter. (GNS)