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India Denies Burial Rights to Family of a Kashmiri Killed in Fake Encounter

On 1st July, Jammu and Kashmir High Court directed the authorities to allow the family of Amir Magrey, a civilian who was killed in last year’s Hyderpora fake encounter and then falsely labeled as a “terrorist”, to perform his funeral prayer. The court has, however, refused to allow the exhumation of Amir’s body. Amir’s family were not allowed to participate in his burial or perform his last rites of burial. Amir, who was making a living by doing menial jobs in Srinagar, was among four persons who were gunned down in the Hyderpora fake encounter by Indian security forces on November 15 last year. After the encounter, Amir’s body was buried overnight on November 15 in a remote village, some 90 kilometers from his home. While the court directed the authorities to pay compensation of five lakh rupees to Amir’s family, Amir’s father maintains that they do not need compensation, but instead the exhumation and return of his son’s body. (Source:

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