Poonch encounter: DNA test to ascertain identity
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Last Updated: Saturday, August 13, 2011, 21:01
  
Jammu: With two families claiming that the civilian killed in an encounter in Poonch on August 7 belonged to them, Jammu and Kashmir police is carrying out DNA test to ascertain the identity of the deceased.

"Two families had made claims (with regard to the killed civilian in the encounter being their family member). We are carrying out DNA test in this regard," Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Surankote, Yougal Manhas said.

Manhas, who is heading the team investigating in "fake encounter" in Surankote belt of Poonch district in which one civilian was labelled as divisional commissioner of LeT Abu Usman and killed in the encounter on August 7, said "we have collected the blood samples of both the families. They are being sent to Central Forensic Lab Chandigarh for conduct of DNA test".

Mohammad Isaq a resident of Saj village in Thanamandi belt of Rajouri district had claimed that the slain civilian was his son Mohammad Aslam and had presented a photograph to the authorities.

Similarly, Mohammad Din of Jaganu village in Udhampur district had also made claim with the district authorities in Poonch that slain civilian was his son.

"DNA test is being carried out to ascertain veracity of claims of two families", ASP said.

Police and Army had claimed that they have killed LeT Divisional Commander Abu Usman in Marhote area of Surankote tehsil in Poonch district on August 7.

However, later it turn out to be a fake encounter after police made an arrest of Special Police Officer (SPO) Noor Hussain and a jawan of Territorial Army (TA) Abdul Majeed as local people refused to bury the body.

PTI


First Published: Saturday, August 13, 2011, 21:01


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