Bilal Habib/Shabir ahmad
Pulwama: Police fired lethal pellet ammunition at mourners, who were chanting pro-freedom slogans after the funeral of Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Talib Ahmad Shah in Kakapora area of Pulwama district on Friday.
At least ten mourners were injured in the firing. The violence erupted after the police and CRPF troopers stopped the march of the mourners, who were peacefully paying homage to the militant by shouting religious, anti-India and pro-resistance slogans.
The mourners pelted the government forces with stones when the police fired tear gas canisters and fired empty rounds in air to disperse them. The injured were shifted to sub-district hospitals in Pulwma, Pampore and Awantipora.
Pampore block medical officer Dr Bilques said nine injured persons with multiple pellet injuries were brought to the hospital.
One of them was treated at the hospital, while eight others were referred to the SMHS Hospital in Srinagar.
She said one of the injured youths, Arbaz Amin Khan of Narbal, Pulwama, had suffered critical injuries in the eye, while another, Irshad Ahmad Dar, who had fractured a leg, was referred to Bone and Joint Hospital in Srinagar.
The BMO said another youth with bullet injury in his lower back, Lateef Ahmad Bhat son of Abdul Ahad of Lelhar, was brought to Awantipora hospital first and then referred to the SMHS Hospital.
Other injured were identified as Masood Ahmad Bhat of Begam Bagh, Zahid Ahmad Dar of Sambura, Sabzar Ahmad Bhat of Tral, Firdose Ahmad Bhat of Karimbad , Nisar Ahmad Sheikh of Kisrigam, Fayaz Ahmad Dar of Sambura and Hilal Ahmad Wani of Bujbagh.
Doctors at district hospital Pulwama said that a youth, Amir Ahmad, with firearm injury was brought to the hospital and was referred to SMHS for advanced treatment.
Like funerals of all militants in the Valley, Talib’s last rites saw thousands of people trooping to his home despite all attempts by government forces to stop them.
Police, army and CRPF troopers had blocked many routes leading to Kakapora with razor wire or by stationing armoured vehicles. A few photojournalists had been stopped from covering the funeral.
But thousands of people from Samboora, Hatwara, Newa, Marwel, Lelhar and other adjoining villages assembled in Kakapora for funeral prayers. In fact, prayers were offered to his four times because fresh batches of people kept arriving and requesting for fresh prayers.