Thousands attend funerals of six militants in South Kashmir


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Srinagar: Thousands of people, from aged to teens, and women to men, gathered in Shopian and Pulwama districts of south Kashmir to offer funeral prayers of six militants who were killed in separate gunfights for two consecutive days from Monday and Tuesday. Pro-freedom slogans took over the villages, and mourners rushed towards the families of militants, soon after the bodies were received.

The locals of Hapatnar Charar, Budgam, sitting inside their homes, were suddenly ripped off from their internet services, and the raindrops were accompanied by gunshots. Soon, the news spread that several militants have been trapped, and the gunfight ended with the killing of three militants belonging militant outfit Al Badr; later identified as Sabzar Ahmad Mir (20) resident of Lassipora Pulwama, Syed Rubaan of Nazneenpora Pulwama, who, as per his family, was repeatedly tortured and soon left his home to join militancy, and another one, Towseef Ahmad Itoo (24), a resident of Nowpora Payeen, Pulwama. All three had joined militant ranks in June 2018.

Notably, Rubaan’s brother, Syed Tajamul Imran broke the news of his death through his personal Facebook account. He wrote, “My Dear beloved Brother RUBAN has achieved Martyrdom.”

But, simultaneously, while south Kashmir waited for the bodies, another gunfight sparked in the Shopian’s Shirmal area, and amid rain, the bullets made their way again. By the end, three more militants were killed.

With the news, clashes followed in both the districts.

From Shopian, the bodies were identified as Shamsul Haq, a resident of Draggud village, and brother of IPS officer, who left home in May last year soon after their house was damaged in an encounter on April 01. Another one was Shoaib Ahmad Shah, resident of Shirmal Zainpora, Shopian, who had joined Hizb outfit in December 2017, while the third one was Amir Suhail Bhat, a resident of Chidipora, Shopian, and had joined Hizb in September 2018.

Most of the funeral prayers were held amid the apple orchards, and as per the eye-witnesses, more than 15 rounds of funeral prayers were held separately at six different places, and over ten thousand people attended the last rites, to catch final glimpse. Reportedly, clashes broke out near the military camp in Chillipora village of Shopian district, and the forces’ resorted to the aerial firing.

Meanwhile locals told The Kashmir Walla, that all shops and other business establishments remained closed and while roads were deserted. Following the clashes, the internet services were also suspended in both the districts by the authorities.

In the latest update, while south was burying the six militants, another gunfight struck Baramulla.

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