Militant appears at funeral, greeted with hugs and kisses
TRAL: Despite the curfew-like restrictions in all the major towns of south Kashmir, thousands of people reached Rathsuna village in Tral on Sunday to participate in the funeral prayers of slain Hizb commander Sabzar Ahmad Bhat.
A large number of youth had since early morning started moving towards Rathsuna on foot and on two-wheelers, taking interior routes to avoid troops on the way. Slogans in favour of Azadi and in praise of Sabzar resounded when Sabzar was lowered in the grave at the martyrs’ graveyard in the compound of the Jamia Masjid at Rathsuna. He was the 25th martyr buried in the graveyard.
His Jinaza was offered at 9am, two hours before the announced time, due to which most people missed his funeral prayers. Later, funeral prayers in absentia were offered multiple times for the slain militant commander. Emotional scenes were witnessed when an unarmed militant appeared in the procession to have a last glimpse of his killed associate. As soon as the militant appeared, youth jostled to shake hands with him and to hug him. He left at that time but returned later to join the funeral procession. He broke down when Sabzaar was being buried. People kissed him, touched his face and then touched their own faces as mark of respect.
Emotional scenes were also witnessed at the residence of the slain commander when the people who could not have his last glimpse came to his home. An elderly disabled man, who introduced himself as Rajab Kak from Kokernag, interrupted the speech of a local religious leader to complain that Sabzar had been buried before the time announced last evening.
“I am a disabled man and cannot walk without support. I came all the way from Kokernag. But when I reached here I found him already buried. My heart aches that I could not have a last glimpse of Sabzar sahab. This is shame for you people,” the elderly man said as he broke down.
The elderly man later congratulated the mother of Sabzar, advising her not to weep over her son’s “martyrdom”.