Funeral Prayers In Absentia Held For Pulwama Civilians, Militants


SRINAGAR — Hundreds of people Tuesday offered the in absentia funeral prayers in different parts of Srinagar city for the seven civilians and three militants killed on Saturday in Sirnoo village of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) had appealed people to offer funeral prayers in absentia for the civilians and 3 militants after afternoon prayers on Tuesday.

The in absentia funeral prayers were offered at Masjid Hamzah (RA) Amira Kadal Srinagar as well as outside the Jamia Masjid at Nowhatta.

A number of activists from Tehreek-e-Hurriyat and All Parties Hurriyat Conference participated in these prayers. The activists were also joined by the local people in the funeral prayers.

Shortly after the culmination of funeral prayers, people raised pro-freedom slogans and they also demanded end to blood- shed in Kashmir.  

On December 15 seven civilians, three militants and an army man were killed in gunfight and clashes in Sirno Pulwama. 

On Monday protests were witnessed in different parts of Kashmir while women also took to streets to denounce the civilian killings.

The JRL had given three day long shutdown call and also asked the people to march to protest outside the Army headquarter at Badamibagh. However the authorities had placed severe restrictions to foil the march and also detained separatist leaders including JKLF chairman, Yaseen Malik, and Hurriyat Chairman, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq. The Hurriyat also said that the government forces are committing excesses on people and have resorted to grave human rights violations in Kashmir region.

Earlier the slain civilians who were killed in Pulwama were identified as Tawseef Ahmad of Urchersoo, Liyaqat Dar of Parigam, Suhail Ahmad of Ballow, Shahbaaz of Monghama, Pulwama, Amir Ahmad Paul of Ashminder, Murtaza Bashir and Abid Hussain Lone of Kareemabad, an MBA pass out.

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