Kulgam mourns death of Hizb militant,Thousands join funeral procession

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Kulgam: Amid shutdown and clashes thousands of people participated in the last rites of Hizbul Mujhadeen militant Dawood Ahmed Sheikh while mourners offered six back to back funeral prayers in favour of the slain militant.

Dawood Ahmed Sheikh, 21 was killed in a gun battle with Government Forces at Buchroo hamlet of South Kahsmir’s Kulgam district. He was laid to rest at martyr’s grave yard in Reshipora Qaimou while thousands of people including women participated in his funeral procession.

To mourn the death of the militant the district observed a complete shutdown.All the shops and other business establishments remained shut in main town Kulgam, Quimoo ,Khudwani , Yaripora, Bogam and other adjoining areas of the district. Traffic was also off the roads across the southern Kashmir district.

 Eyewitnesses told CNS that people defied restrictions and rushed to Qaimou to participate in funeral prayers of the slain militants. His body was carried to the graveyard in a huge procession amid pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. Due to huge number of people, funeral prayers were offered at least six times. Witnesses added that at least four armed militants appeared in Qaimou area to participate in the last rites of their associate. However, they were encircled by large number of people while majority of them started hugging them forcing them to retreat from the area.

Shortly after the culmination of the last rites, agitated people clashed with government forces resulting in the injuries of at least 7 protesters. Witnesses said that one of the protesters received pellet injuries. The injured were shifted to nearby hospitals. Police according to locals resorted to tear-gas shelling to disperse pro-freedom protesters.

A police official said that protesters attacked Paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel stationed inside SKUAST’s Rice Research Institute at Khudwani. In order to disperse them, the forces used some tear-smoke shells. Reports said that amid heavy presence of government forces, clashes continued for hours in Khudwani and Qaimou areas of the district. (CNS)

 

  Hizb pays tribute to militants

Militant outfit Hizbul Mujhadeen Monday paid rich tribute to Dawood Ahmed Sheikh who was killed in a gunfight with Indian troopers in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district.

 As per Hizb statement to CNS, the tributes were paid during the meeting of Hizb Command Council that was presided by outfit Chief Syed Salahuddin. “Thought the martyrdom of Dawood is a big loss but his sacrifice will play a cardinal role in ending the Indian occupation in Kashmir.”

Syed Salahuddin also paid rich tribute to its four slain commanders on their 19th death anniversary. “Ghazi Naseebuddin, Engineer Firdous Kirmani, Ghazi Iliyas and Manzoor Ahmed Khan were not only well trained educated militants but their hearts were also filled with the love for the freedom of Kashmir. The new generation of militants is following their foot prints to take the ongoing freedom movement to its logical conclusion,” Salahuddin said.

He advised Hurriyat leadership and militants to be vigilant about what he said ‘black sheep’ present in Kashmir. “The blood of youth will not go waste and the Movement will continue till it is taken to its final destination,” he said. (CNS)

 

 ‘My last meeting with son was brief but emotional: Mother

‘I have no regrets’

Kulgam: “I have no regrets instead I am happy the wish of my beloved son got fulfilled. He was determined to attain martyrdom and he always used to tell me he will die as martyr and people in thousands will join his funeral procession,” Parveena Akhtar, the mother of Hizb militant Dawood Ahmed told CNS at her residential house when the whole area was resounding with pro-freedom slogans.

 Parveena said that I kept my promise and did not shed tears over the martyrdom of my son. “Dawood had been repeatedly telling me not to shed tears over his death. I kept my promise. I am really a proud mother. He was an obedient son who vigorously followed the tenants of Islam,” she said.

 Recounting the memories, Parveena said two days before his (Dawood’s) martyrdom; he had come to meet her. “It was a brief but emotional meeting. He lamented that he is unable to serve me but promised he will take me to paradise with him. His heart was filled with love for Kashmir and it was Islam that motivated him to join militant ranks,” Parveena who is a widow said.

The brothers of Dawood were numb and didn’t utter a word, however close relatives of the slain militant said that family had no control over Dawood as he had chosen his path and was firm to take to arms. “Before joining militancy Dawood was an active stone-pelter. He was deeply religious and the one who always used to carry of copy of Holy Quran with him,” they said.

 Hizb militant Dawood Ahmed Sheikh who lost his life in a gun battle with government forces at Buchroo hamlet of Kulgam district is survived by mother, two younger brothers and two sisters. He was active from last 3 years and due to his proximity with Hizb commander Burhan Wani he was known as ‘Chota Burhan.’ (CNS

 

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