Pampore shuts for 5th day: Funeral prayers held for slain militants

Pampore: Hundreds of people offered funeral prayers (in absentia) in Pampore on Thursday for the three militants who were killed after a 48-hour-old gunfight in Sempora on Monday.
The prayers were offered amid a shutdown, which entered the fifth day on Thursday. Pro-freedom groups had appealed to the people to pay homage to the militants by offering funeral prayers to them.
The trio was buried in Uri, a garrisoned area, to prevent imminent massive anti-India protests that accompany funerals of militants.
Police and paramilitary troopers were deployed in the town to restrict people’s movement and prevent demonstrations.
The 48-hour-long gun-battle inside the Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI) building became the epic encounter as large number of people held demonstrations in favour of hold-up militants when the fight was raging.
The women in the neighbourhood of the encounter site sang traditional folk song (wanwun) to boost the morale of the militants. The state police and intelligence agencies have termed the turn of events as “worrisome”.
All the Shops, business establishments and coaching centres remained closed and heavy police and CRPF deployments were seen in in Khankah-e-Moula, Namlabal, Kadlabal, Drangbal and Frestabal areas of the saffron-rich town to foil Hurriyat Conference’s Pampore March programme, locals told Kashmir Reader.
Hurriyat Conference (G) on Wednesday had called for funeral prayers in absentia for the slain militants after Zuhar prayers on Thursday at Pampore town.
On Wednesday, the pro-freedom camp criticised the government for not allowing people to perform the last rites of slain militants in Pampore, terming it a direct interference in religious affairs.
Despite restrictions, General Secretary Muslim League Abdul Ahad Para led the funeral prayers in absentia at Central Mosque located in the middle of town.