Srinagar- Hundreds of people on Tuesday joined funeral prayers of prominent political and social activist, Nisar Hussain Rather who passed away in the morning due to cardiac arrest.
Funeral prayers were led by Agha Syed Hadi at Khomeini Chowk, Bemina and Rather was laid to rest at the local cemetery, reports said.
A firebrand speaker, Nisar Rather was active all his adult life on political and social fronts for which he spent several jail terms.
He was a prominent face on 8th Muharram as he would brave police lathicharge to lead his contingent of followers on the day to defy restrictions on the traditional Alam Sharif procession.
Rather had a melodious voice and was a frequent speaker at seminars and majalis where he would either recite Na’at or mesmerise the audience with his oratory skills.
A resident of Khomeini Chowk, Bemina, Rather was closely associated with the late Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani.
In 2016 Rather was also booked under Public Safety Act (PSA) and shifted to Kot Bhalwal jail in Jammu .
Meanwhile Nisar Rather’s demise is being widely mourned. Social media was abuzz with condolence messages on Tuesday with many netizens describing his demise an irreparable loss.
“Nisar Sahab was an honest and dedicated person who suffered a lot because of his uncompromising attitude when it came to truth”, wrote Dr Abid Hussain.
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