Family of Amir rejects to ‘have son’s last glimpse’ offer, demands handover of body

Srinagar, November 21 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, caving in to the mounting pressure from all segments of the society, the Indian authorities have offered the relatives of the martyred Amir Ahmad Magray, who was killed in fake encounter in Hyderpora area of Srinagar on Monday, to have a last glimpse of their son. However, the family rejected the offer and instead demanded handover of the body for proper burial.

Talking to the media, Amir’s father Muhammad Lateef Magray said that the Superintendent of Police Ramban approached them on Friday night that there is a possibility that the body of Amir might be handed over to the family.

On Friday morning, after authorities handed over the bodies of two civilians to the families of Srinagar for the proper burial, Amir’s family had also written to the district administration Ramban for the mortal remains of their son as well.

Magray said that on Saturday morning the authorities came with two vehicles to their house, and told the family to get ready for a visit to the burial site of Amir in Handwara area of north Kashmir.

“They [authorities] told us that though the body will not be handed over, it will be exhumed so that family can have the last glimpse of the body before being buried in the same grave,” said Magray.

He added that the “family out-rightly rejected the offer”, and requested the authorities to hand over the body for the last rites.

“We told them [authorities] that there is no point of just having the last glimpse of my son, when we couldn’t take him home,” Magray said. “So, we declined their offer to travel to [Handwara] to only see the body without performing his last rites.”

Magray said after listening to the families demand, “the authorities left without saying anything”.

Amir’s family met District Magistrate (DM) Ramban Mussarat Islam on Friday and submitted a written request for the return of Amir’s body.