Today, thousands of people from parts of Kashmir—men, women, and children, all alike—thronged Noorpora village in Tral, 37 kilometers away from Srinagar, to attend the last rites of Ansar Ghazwatul-Hind’s founder and chief, Zakir Musa, after body was handed over to his family at around 8 am.
Kashmir has been put under strict restrictions since the news of Musa’s killing went around. According to the reports, the heavy number of forces have been deployed in twin district of south Kashmir: Shopian and Pulwama, as a precautionary measure.
Zakir Rashid Bhat alias Zakir Musa left his B. Tech from Chandigarh after the first year, and home, on 17 July 2013, alongside two other friends, to join militancy. He had turned nineteen merely days before his joining.
Musa, who shot to prominence in 2017 after distancing himself from Hizbul Mujahideen via releasing an audio clip that criticized Pakistan and Hurriyat’s role in “Kashmir’s freedom struggle”, was killed in the hours-long encounter in his native Tral, merely 4 kilometers away from his residence. He was one of the longest surviving militants in Valley’s recent history of militancy.