Thousands attend Lashkar commander’s funeral in Awantipora

 People offer Nimaz-e-Jinaza of slain Lashkar commander Irshad Ahmad Ganai in Padgampora, Awantipora on Sunday (Photo: Shahid Tantray)

People offer Nimaz-e-Jinaza of slain Lashkar commander Irshad Ahmad Ganai in Padgampora, Awantipora on Sunday (Photo: Shahid Tantray)

Bilal Habib

Pulwama: Amid a complete shutdown in twin towns of Pulwama and Awantipora, Thousands of people today participated in the funeral prayers of slain Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) commander Irshad Ahmad Ganai and staged pro-freedom demonstrations.

Early morning, hundreds of people visited Padgampora in Awantipora to have last glimpse of Irshad, who was killed in a brief gun-battle with the government forces in Kakpora area here on Saturday evening. Irshad’s body was carried in a procession, as the number of mourners swelled to thousands.

Amidst vociferous pro-Azadi and anti-India sloganeering, Irshad was laid to rest at his

Meanwhile, a shutdown was observed in several areas here and Awantipora town to mourn Irshad’s death. All shops and business establishments remained closed, while public transport was also affected.

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