Sources said authorities do not want Dujana’s funeral in Kashmir as such events in the past have sparked unrest.
Srinagar: The Jammu & Kashmir police will approach the Pakistan High Commission, through the Union home ministry, to take back the body of Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (LeT) militant and Karachi resident Abu Dujana who was gunned down in south Kashmir on Tuesday, a senior police official said.
This is for the first time in the nearly three decades of militancy that the J&K police is seeking to send the corpse of a slain Pakistani national to his country. The decision to send back Dujana’s body was taken on a day when separatists called a shutdown and security forces enforced curfew-like restrictions in seven police station areas of Srinagar.
Inspector general of police (Kashmir range) Munir Ahmed Khan said, “We will ask the Pakistan High Commission to take back the body of Abu Dujana, who was a Pakistani national.”
Mr Khan said he will soon write to the police headquarters which, in turn, will approach the Union home ministry to take up the matter with the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi. He said that the inmates of the house where the militant was killed have told police that Dujana used to claim he was from Karachi.
Sources said authorities do not want Dujana’s funeral in Kashmir as such events in the past have sparked unrest. In the past, all Pakistani militants killed in clashes with security forces in the Valley have been buried in the state.