Family, relatives of youth hold protest for body

Family members and relatives of youth during protest. -Excelsior/Pervaiz
Family members and relatives of youth during protest. -Excelsior/Pervaiz

Excelsior Correspondent
RAMBAN, Dec 25: The family and relatives of Amir Magray, one of the four men killed during the Hyderpora operation in Srinagar on November 15 this year, held protest at Sangaldhan area of district to press for the return of his body.
The fresh protest after the victim’s father, Abdul Lateef Magray, said the police were reluctant to return the body and wanted him to “just see the face of his 22-year-old son”.
Amir, who worked as an office boy, was buried more than 100 km away from his native place in north Kashmir’s Handwara after the Hyderpora operation.
“My father was commended with a bravery award by the Army for killing a militant. We live under security and the same Army has now accused my brother of being a militant. He is innocent. He had gone to Srinagar to earn his livelihood,” Magray’s brother said.
The victim’s father said, “I will continue to press for the return of the body.” “We met Lieutenant Governor also and he assured that the body will be given back in couple of days. Now’ it’s more than one month, we have not received my son’s body”, he added.
“We will continue our protest, till we will get the body of my son back”, he stated.
The police had accused Magray of working as an “Over Ground Worker” for a Pakistani militant, Haider, who was killed in the operation along with two other civilians. The bodies of the other civilians were returned to their families in Srinagar, after street protests by the families and the political parties.
However, J&K Administration had also ordered a magisterial probe into the incident.