Slain militants buried amidst protests

SRINAGAR: Amidst protests, two of the three militants killed on Thursday  evening in a shootout with Govt forces were buried in their ancestral villages .

Sheraz Ganai, Aasif Bhat and Shabir Ahmad were killed by govt forces during an exchange of fire.

Sheraz and Aasif were buried amidst protests in their ancestral villages on Friday. 

The duo hailed from Panjran in Pulwama district and Chenigam in Kulgam district respectively.

The third militant, who was a Lashkar-e-Taiba Commander, is a resident of Kalakote in Rajouri district.

Police sources said the slain commander’s family has been informed and they are on way to Kashmir to take their son’s body. 

Another source said the slain militants body has been kept in morgue of SMHS hospital.

Meanwhile, a complete shutdown was observed in Tral town and adjoining areas. Eyewitnesses said that all the shops, commercial establishments and schools were closed in the town.

The witnesses said youth took to streets in the town soon after Friday prayers and held anti-India and pro-freedom demonstrations. “The youths also pelted stones on government forces ensuing clashes,” witnesses said.

However, no one was injured in the clashes, they added. 

Meanwhile,Syed Ali  Geelani in his telephonic address to funeral congregation at Tral paid glorious tributes to slain youth Shiraz Ahmad, Asif Ahmad and Shabir Ahmad. 

Geelani said that these youth were sacrificing their precious lives “against forced occupation, coercion and for securing our future.”

In his address to mourners Geelani alleged, “India with power of arrogance occupied state and since last 67 years we as a nation are striving and pursuing for a sacred cause. 

Meanwhile, police on Friday detained the Sumo driver whose vehicle (JK03-8884) was allegedly used by militants to attack a police party in Tral on Thursday evening. A police official confirmed that they have detained the driver for questioning. He identified him as Showkat Ahmed Makroo, a resident of Larkipora Awantipora. 

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