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.

Women peeking through the fence to catch the last glimpse of Musa. Photograph by Bhat Burhan for The Kashmir Walla.
Scores of people assembled outside the encounter site in Dadsara, Tral, three kilometers away from his residence in Noorapora. Photograph by Saide Zahoor Shah for The Kashmir Walla.
Scores of youth carrying Musa’s body to a nearby school ground for his funeral prayers. Photograph by Vikar Syer for The Kashmir Walla.
Thousands of people assembled in a local school ground to read Musa’s funeral prayers. Photograph by Bhat Burhan for The Kashmir Walla.
Thousands of people standing amid rain and mud to read the funeral prayers for Musa. Photograph by Vikar Syed for The Kashmir Walla.

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