Hurriyat Activist, Militant Shot Dead In Broad Day Light 

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Thousands Participate In Funeral Prayers Of The Activist Released Recently From Jail  

SRINAGAR — Unidentified gunmen have resurfaced after a long gap killing two persons one a Hurriyat Conference (G) activist and another a militant, according to police in Sopore and Srinagar.

Gunmen fired upon the Hurriyat activist, Hakim-ul-Rehman Sultani, son of Moulvi Nizamudin outside his home in Reshipora Bomai in Sopore Saturday morning.

He was immediately shifted to Sopore hospital where doctors pronounced him dead on arrival.

Meanwhile, thousands of people participated in his funeral prayers at his native village in Bomai.

An eyewitness said thousands of people participated in his funeral prayers. He said people from nearby villages also took part in his last rites.

45 year old Sultani, who is survived by his wife and four daughters was released a couple of weeks ago after serving nearly two years in a jail in Kupwara on charges of stone-pelting.

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In another broad daylight incident gunmen struck at Naseem Bagh near Hazratbal here on Saturday afternoon and shot dead one Asif Nazir Dar, a resident of Panzgam Awantipora .

 “One pistol, two magazines and a fake identity card were recovered from his possession,” police said.

The incident took place hours after a function at the nearby resting place of National Conference founder Sheikh Abdullah ended under tight security.

Police said Asif was active since 7 January 2017 and was currently associated with Gazvat-ul-Hind led by elusive Zakir Musa. 

Earlier he was associated with Hizbul Mujahideen and later he joined Musa.

Police took his body in custody and sent it for medico-legal formalities. A case under relevant sections of law was registered and further investigation was taken up to ascertain the incident, a police spokesman said.

Meanwhile, massive protests broke out in Awantipora after the militant’s body was carried towards his native village in Panzgam Awantipora.

The  protests in the area were on when reports last came in Saturday evening.

JRL Shocked Over Killing

The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik has expressed shock over the killing of Hurriyat leader Hakeem-u-Rehman of Bumai, Sopore.

Condemning the “gruesome murder”, the JRL in a statement issued to 

The JRL said it constituted a high-level committee to visit the location and gather details about the killing of the Hurriyat leader.

The leadership expressed condolence with the grief-stricken family, his widow and five minor daughters, and appealed to the people to maintain patience, discipline and unity at all levels to foil the ill designs of the “worst enemies of our freedom movement”.

The JRL prayed for the heavenly abode of the slain Hurriyat leader.


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