Delhi 23 June: Security forces on Saturday urged government to make a policy against handing over bodies of militants killed in encounters in Jammu and Kashmir, to maintain law order situation and to prevent people from attending their funerals, which often motivates many local youths in joining militancy.
According to Indian express report, officials said Jammu and Kashmir Police is also of the view that handing over of militants’ bodies shores up emotions in the area during funerals in the locality, and leads to an atmosphere that is conducive for more youths picking up the gun.
However, Center has not taken decision yet, as final decision may be left with the state police, which will decide on a case-to-case basis on whether to pass on the body to a slain militant’s family
In 2015, 108 militants were killed in encounters with security forces, and numbers went up to 150 in 2016, the year key Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani was gunned down, leading to a fresh wave of protests in the Valley. (KNB/agencies)