MBA-Turned Militant Killed, Thousands Attend Funeral  


SRINAGAR — Six months after joining the militant ranks, an MBA graduate from Pulwama was killed in a gunfight with government forces at Rinzipora area of south Kashmir’s district on Friday morning.

“Based on a credible input about the presence of militants in Banderpora area of Pulwama, a cordon and search operation was launched in the morning hours jointly by Police and security forces in the area,” a police spokesman said in a statement.

As the searches were going on, the search party was fired upon by the militants, he said, adding, the fire was retaliated leading to a gunfight, he said.

In the ensuing encounter, one militant identified as Ishfaq Yousuf Wani son of Mohammad Yousuf Wani resident of Koil Pulwama was killed, he said.

According to sources, Wani had joined Lashkar-e-Toiba militant outfit in on July 19. Wani had completed his MBA in 2015 and before joining the militant ranks, Wani was doing job in ICIC bank and had later started his own business. His father was also a militant and had died along with two of his associates in Pingleena in 1996. He was a brilliant student and was studied at Alamdar Public school at Koil. He studied science stream at graduation level and completed MBA. He had joined militant ranks on July 18 this year. 

Meanwhile, thousands of people visited Koil village to participate in his funeral prayers . The whole village was wailing and mourning as body of slain reached his native village.

Eyewitness said multiple rounds of funerals were held for slain amid pro-freedom and anti-India slogans.

Internet services were snapped amid a spontaneous shutdown in the district while train services to the south Kashmir were suspended.


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