Indian police burying martyrs' bodies secretly in Occupied Kashmir

The tactic is being used to keep crowds of protesters from gathering at funerals


News Desk April 26, 2020
PHOTO: REUTERS

SRINAGAR: In Occupied Kashmir, in a new development quite in violation of the international law, Indian police have decided that the bodies of the Kashmiri martyred youth would not be handed over to their families, Kashmir Media Service reported.

The authorities have started quietly burying the bodies of local youth at faraway places, in unmarked graves, under the supervision of a magistrate, in order to avoid massive participation of locals in the funerals. Such participation is considered to be an honour for the local population.

On April 22, four local youth were killed by the Indian troops in south Kashmir’s Shopian district. They were later identified as Basharat Shah, Wakeel Dar, Tariq Butt, and Uzair Butt.

As per media reports, it was revealed that these youth were buried in a government managed graveyard.

The move comes as funerals witness growing crowds of protesters chanting anti-India, pro-freedom and pro-Islam slogans.

Only recently, hundreds of residents of Sopore’s Zaingeer village gathered at the funeral of a 23-year-old martyred youth in Baramulla area.

The authorities believe that funerals of the martyred youth could further incite anti-India sentiments, which may erupt into another 2016-like uprising against India in Occupied Kashmir.

Therefore, the Indian intelligence has advised the authorities not to hand over the bodies of the martyrs to their families, and instead secretly bury them in the government-managed graveyards.

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