By Shahid Tantray
Thousands of people, including men, women and children, today attended the funeral procession of a Pakistan based outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba militant, Hilal Ahmed Rather alias Hilal Molvi, who was killed in a gun battle, as police earlier in the morning said, in downtown area of Indian-controlled Kashmir’s summer capital, Srinagar. Amid pro-freedom sloganeering and mourning, the people carried a wooden bed with Rather’s body and his mother sitting besides it. The procession lasted till late night after he was buried in the “martyrs” graveyard of Palhallan, Pattan – 30 kilometers north of the summer capital. A local resident, Razia, while crying said that the village has got another “martyr” and they are happy about it because they are fighting against Indian rule to achieve independence. The police and Indian forces had cordoned the Palhallan area and the traffic was also stopped on the Srinagar-Varmul highway, at least 10 kilometers before reaching to the native village of the militant. Hilal was a stone thrower in 2010 and he joined LeT in October 2012.