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SRINAGAR: More than two months after they were shot dead by the Army and buried as unidentified “foreign terrorists”, the remains of three young labourers from Rajouri in Jammu were exhumed from their graves in north Kashmir’s Baramulla on Friday and handed over to their families. “The three bodies were exhumed around 10.30pm

last night

, 77 days after their burial. The youths’ kin carried the remains to their native village and completed the last rites there on Saturday,” an official said.

The parents of

Abrar Ahmed

(25), Imtiyaz Ahmed (20) and Mohammed Ibrar (16) had been waiting until last week for DNA tests to confirm that the three youths killed in the alleged encounter with the 62

Rashtriya Rifles

at Amshipora village in south Kashmir’s Shopian on July 18 were their missing sons.

An Army court of inquiry has found “prima facie evidence” of a team from the 62 Rashtriya Rifles “exceeding” powers vested under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act. Defence spokesperson Col Rajesh Kalia had said the “dos and don’ts of the Chief of Army Staff, as approved by the Supreme Court, have been contravened”.

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