Four families claim kin among five militants killed in Bandipora gunfight

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Azad Hussain

Bandipora, Sep 25: A day after militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen claimed that five militants killed in Sumlar Bandipora encounter were locals, two families from south Kashmir districts of Shopian and Kulgam arrived in Bandipora with the claim that their sons are among the five militants killed in the recent gunfight.
Hizb Operational Spokesperson Burhanuddin had told a news agency that those killed in the gunfight were locals. “It was a group comprising five members who got trapped in Sumlar area and were killed in the gun fight,” Burhanuddin said.
According to him, those killed in Sumlar gunfight were Hyder Ali from Brazul Kulgam, Muhammad Umar from Shopian, Muhammad Sidiq from Bandipora, Mawiya from Kangan and Usman from Lolab.
Earlier, authorities had said that the slain were foreigners.
Reports said that families from Kulgam and Shopian amid shutdown arrived in Bandipora and met District Development Commissioner Bandipora who directed them to meet Deputy Commissioner Baramulla as the slain militants have been laid to rest there.
A family from Kangan area of Ganderbal district in central Kashmir also claimed that one of the militants Parvez Ahmed Tedwa alias Abu Mawiya killed in Sumlar Bandipora gunfight was their kin.
Reports said that the family approached police station Kangan who advised them to meet SSP Bandipora.
One of the family members of the slain militant said that Parvez Ahmed alias Abu Mawiya was missing since 2003 and on the photographic evidence we came to know about his killing. (CNS)
Meanwhile, a family from Rang Warnow area of Kupwara district in North Kashmir on Tuesday claimed that one of the militants Mohammad Sidiq Sountra @Abu Usman killed in Sumlar Bandipora gunfight was their kin.
“We have approached the police that one of the slain militants in Bandipora identified as Mohammad Sidiq Sountra son of Late Rajqb Sountra a resident of Rang Warnow is our kin,” Mohammad Qasim, brother of the slain militant told Precious Kashmir.
He said that Sidiq has joined militancy in early 90’s and on the photographic evidence we came to know about his killing.
SSP Kupwara told Precious Kashmir that a family from Rang Warnow approached them with the claim that one of the militants killed in Bandipora gunfight was their kin.
“We have asked them to approach Bandipora police as this case pertains to them” SSP Kupwara said.