SRINAGAR: Soon after security forces claimed to have killed a top militant commander Abu Qasim in an encounter at village Khandeypora in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district, a family from the village claimed that the slain was their son Muhammad Yaqoob.
The family refuted police claims that the slain militant was Abu Qasim. According to the family, their son Yaqoob had crossed the Line of Control for arms training when he was fifteen-year-old.
Eyewitnesses said that body of the slain militant was taken to Bugam village for last rites but soon after his funeral prayer a lady appeared on spot, who claimed that the slain militant was her brother.
The lady, who identified herself as Naseema Banoo, demanded that her ‘brother’ should be buried in his native village Khandeypora, where he was killed.
Instead of burying the slain militant in Bugam, the mourners, on the request of Naseema Bano, took the funeral procession towards Khandeypora village.
Interestingly, the villagers also claimed that the slain militant was Yaqoob Hajam son of Muhammad Ismayil.
“I may be wrong but my two daughters Naseema Banoo and Mubeena Banoo and two sons Mushtaq Ahmed and Ghulam Mohiuddin will not be wrong who identified their brother Yaqoob. We had lost hope about him but thank God he died in his own village,” Khatoon Banoo, who claimed to be his mother, said.
His ‘brother’, Mushtaq Ahmed said that his ‘brother’ Yaqoob had a rare identification mark on his ear. “My brother Yaqoob had two ears one big and one small to his right. I identified him and he is Yaqoob,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police (Kashmir), Syed Javaid Mujtaba Gilani, termed the claim “non-sense” and said that the claims made by the family had no weight.