Srinagar, July 19 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, a senior government official said that his father died in New Delhi but the Indian police personnel did not allow him to take the dead body to Srinagar on the pretext of ban on civilian traffic movement on Srinagar-Jammu highway during the ongoing Amarnath Yatra.

Director of Finance, Imtiyaz Wani said that his father had died in New Delhi and was being brought home for the last rites but they were stopped during a convoy of Amarnath pilgrims after they crossed Nagrota area in Jammu.

Imtiyaz Wani took to Facebook to state his ordeal. “All civil rights are subordinate to Amarnath Yatra while moving from Jammu to Kashmir. I am not being allowed to carry forward my father’s dead body. What hell the life of a common Kashmiri is. Inspector Rakesh of J&K on Yatra duty categorically said the body shall not be allowed,” the official’s Facebook post read.

As per an order by the occupation authorities, no civilian traffic is allowed on the Srinagar-Jammu highway from Qazigund to Nashri between 10am to 3pm till the Amarnath Yatra is over. Even the train service on the Banihal-Qazigund stretch has been suspended during these hours. The Amarnath Yatra began on July 01 and will end on 15th August.

Meanwhile, senior APHC leader and the Chairman of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir, Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai in a statement issued in Srinagar strongly condemned the inhuman and shameful incident where a son was not allowed to carry forward his father’s dead body and halted for hours on Srinagar-Jammu Highway due to the movement of Amarnath pilgrims.

He said such arbitrary application of power where a person taking dead body was prevented to proceed just to facilitate convoys exposed the hollowness of the human rights. He said that the incident was so inhuman that it forced the son to express his anger and frustration on social media.

Ashraf Sehrai said it is unfortunate to turn a particular place into an open-air prison which further exposes the vicious agenda of the Indian government towards the innocent common Kashmiris who have seen enough misery and bloodshed due to decades-old unresolved Kashmir dispute.


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