PULWAMA Government Forces resorted to aerial firing in South Kashmirs Pulwama district to disperse protesters who demanded the exhumation and return of the body of a local militant killed in Sumlar Bandipora two days back.
Reports said that South Kashmirs Pulwama town and its adjacent areas including Kangan, Mitrigam, Drabgam, Rajpora observed a spontaneous shutdown after the news spread in the area that one among five militants killed in Sumlar Bandipora hails from Kangan village of the district.
The Kangan family that is camping in Bandipora has claimed that one among the five slain militants is their son Abdul Rashid who had crossed the border 22 years ago. Reports said that a large number of people took out a rally and tried to reach DDC office Pulwama with the demand that body of the local militant should be handed over to family.
Reports added that some youth in the rally amid pro-freedom slogans pelted stones on Government Forces who retaliated with tear-smoke shells. As the clashes intensified, Forces fired rounds in air to disperse the protesters. The clashes sparked spontaneous shutdown in the town and its adjacent areas.
Meanwhile, a district official told news agency CNS that they are in touch with district administration Bandipora.
Yesterday two families from South Kashmirs Shopian and Kulgam and one from Central Kashmirs Kangan town had arrived in arrived in Bandipora with the claim that their sons are among the five militants killed in the recent gunfight at sumlar. Authorities had claimed that all the five militants killed in the gunfight were non-locals and buried in Sheri Baramulla. However, Hizb Operational Spokesperson Burhanuddin had told news agency CNS that those killed in the gunfight were locals. It was a group comprising five members who got trapped in Sumlar area and were killed in the gun fight, Burhanuddin said.
According to him, those killed in Sumlar gunfight were Hyder Ali from Brazul Kulgam, Muhammad Umar from Shopian, Muhammad Sidiq from Bandipora, Mawiya from Kangan and Usman from Lolab.
Thousands Participate In Sopore Militants Funeral
Thousands of mourners on Wednesday took part in the last rites of slain militant killed in Tujjer area of North Kashmirs Sopore town.
The slain militant identified as Abdul Majeed Mir, affiliated with the LeT outfit, was killed along with his associate on Wednesday during an encounter with Government Forces.
Reports said that mourners from different areas of the town attended the funeral prayers of the slain militant and later the body was taken to Martyrs Graveyard Eidgah, Nowpora for the burial.
The mourners chanted pro-Islam and pro-freedom slogans. Reports said that they dispersed peacefully after the culmination of last rites. Meanwhile, internet service that had been suspended in parts of Sopore shortly after the start of gunfight was restored on Wednesday. (CNS)