Sister’s Marriage Festivities Turn Into Mourning

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SRINAGAR —  Wedding celebrations turned into mourning for a family in Harwan Sopore in North Kashmir’s Baramulla District after the bride’s brother, a militant, was killed in an encounter with security forces in the state’s Kupwara district on Tuesday.

The news of Lone’s death came as his sister’s wedding celebrations were underway at his house in Baramulla district’s Sopore town, family members said.

His sister was supposed to get married today while his brother tied nuptial knot on Monday . A large number of relatives and friends had gathered for the occasion, but as the news reached, a pall of gloom descended on the household, they said.

Lone went missing from his house and joined militant ranks earlier this year, the family members claimed.

“Today was my wedding. Yesterday my brother Javid Ahmad Lone got married. Today some people told us that our brother was trapped and we were stuck,” says Rubeena, Lone’s sister whose marriage was postponed for now.

In 2002, Rubeena said her brother surrendered in order to live a peaceful life. “Later on forces harassed him which compelled him to join the militancy again,” she said. “I am happy my brother achieved martyrdom.”

Meanwhile, the family decided to postponed today’s wedding of Rubeena and the next date of the wedding will be finalized later.

The other militant killed in the encounter was identified as Furqan Rashid Lone alias Adil, a resident of Langate in Kupwara’s district Shartpora area, a police spokesman said.  

The other militant killed in the encounter was identified as Furqan Rashid Lone alias Adil, a resident of Langate in Kupwara’s district Shartpora area, a police spokesman said.

He said Liyaqat Lone, alias Sahaba alias Umar Khalid, was a resident of Harwan area in Sopore town, he said.


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