SRINAGAR Thousands of emotionally charged people, shouting pro freedom slogans, participated in multiple funerals of two militants whose bodies were exhumed yesterday, more than ten days after they were claimed to have been killed by army in a gunfight near the Line of Control in Tanghdar area of north Kashmirs Kupwara district.
Reports said that a spontaneous shutdown was observed in Pulwama and Kulgam district to mourn the deaths of Mudasir Ahmad Bhat of Parigam, Kulgam and Sheraz Ahmad Sheikh of Lajoora, Pulwama.
After exhumation, their bodies were handed to their families yesterday, more than 10 days after they were buried near the Line of Control (LoC) at Badwan village in Tanghdar area.
Soon after their bodies reached Parigam and Lajoora, thousands of people from the adjacent areas reached there and participated in their funeral prayers.
Several rounds of funeral prayers were offered for both the slain militants. Both the militants were later laid to rest amid pro-freedom and anti-government slogans, it said.
Army Brigadier PK Mishra, Commander Tanghdar Brigade had told the media that they detected their movement on May 24 on the icy peaks prompting the army to lay ambush at several places triggering a gun fight.
The army also claimed that latest weaponry was seized from the infiltrators. The army was not sure about the identities of the militants but had suspected them to be foreigners affiliated with Lashkar-e-Taiba. The bodies were buried at Badwan in Tanghdar on May 27.
The SP Kupwara Dinkar said that the identities of the other three were also not yet clear.
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