Thousands attend funeral of Hizb militants in Shopian

Bilal Habib

Pulwama: Thousands of people in Shopian today participated in the funeral prayers of two Hizbul Mujahideen militants, who were killed in a fierce gun-battle with government forces on Thursday.

Witnesses told Kashmir Reader that hundreds of people from different villages of Shopian converged outside the houses of Hizb militants Irshad Ahmad Sheikh and Adil Khanday at Maldaira and Barbugh to attend their funeral prayers.

The bodies of the two men were carried in form of processions by mourners in their respective villages. Hurriyat (G) leader Mohammad Yousuf Falai led the funeral prayers of both the slain militants amidst vociferous pro-freedom and anti-India sloganeering by mourners.

Meanwhile, a complete shutdown is being observed in the township to mourn the killings of the Hizb men.