Kashmir: Funeral in absentia held for slain militants

 Photo: Nissar Malik
Photo: Nissar Malik

Hajin: Soon after Friday prayers, thousands of people assembled near Jamia Masjid Hajin and offered funeral prayers in absentia for the three slain LeT militants killed in an encounter at Kashmir’s Hajin yesterday.
Earlier police claimed to have buried the trio at garrison town of Boniyaar village on Friday morning, However, the protests erupted in Hajin demanding the bodies of the slain trio for the burial. The police lobbed teargas canisters to break up the protests.
The local Auqaf committee had approached the police for the return of bodies, however police turned them down saying ” the bodies have been buried with proper religious rites in Uri’s Boniyaar this morning”.
Kashmir: Militants killed at Hajin buried at Boniyaar
To avoid embarrassment caused by the participation of thousands of Kashmiris in the funeral of Laskhar-e-Toiba’s chief in Kashmir’s Kulgam October last year, the government shifted unidentified militants, believed to be a Pakistani to the garrison town of Boniyar where such massive pro-freedom protests are not possible. As many as 40,000 people had turned up for the funeral of Qasim. In fact, two villages fought over his body. Dozens of youths were injured in police action during clashes that erupted over this killing.