Thousands Join Militant Funerals

SRINAGAR:The militant who died in a brief gun battle with forces last overnight was laid to rest on Tuesday amid strong pro-freedom sloganeering.

Survived by father, mother, wife and two children, the slain militant was identified as Farooq Ahmad Sheikh, a resident of Nazneenpora.

Reports said that he had left his home two years ago and joined Hizbul Mujahideen.

“He has a son, Uzair Farooq, who studies in class 4th and a heart patient three year old daughter,” a local said.

Heavy pro-freedom and anti-slogans were raised as the slain militant was laid to rest.

KUNZER:Meanwhile the death of a local militant sparked spontaneous shutdown in Kunzar Tangmarg area of North Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Tuesday. All the shops and business establishments remained shut while transport remained off the road.

 Pertinently, a local youth Abu Bilal of militant outfit Hizbul Mujhadeen slipped from a cliff while trying to break the Army cordon in border district Poonch on Monday.

As the body of the slain militant arrived in Kunzar, thousands of people mostly youth took to roads and chanted pro-freedom slogans. Thousands of people participated in the funeral procession of the slain youth Bilal Ahmed Bhat.

 Hizbul Muhadeen operational spokesperson Burhanuddin told CNS that, “Bilal Ahmed was affiliated with the outfit who was on a mission when unfortunately he slipped from a cliff and attained martyrdom.

 “Outfit Chief Syed Salahuddin and other commanders of Hizb have paid rich tribute to Bilal and expressed sympathies with the bereaved family,” he said. 



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