Prayers in absentia for Hizb commander Burhan held in Tral

Tral: Defying curfew, thousands of people offered funeral prayers in absentia for Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani and his two associates in Tral town of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
The call for holding funeral prayers was forwarded by united Hurriyat leadership- Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.
The authorities imposed curfew in the district, however locals told CNS that people defied curfew and arrived at Eidgah Tral in large numbers. “Thousands assembled at Eidgah Tral and offered funeral prayers in absentia for Burhan Muzzafar Wani,” reports said.
Several pro-freedom leaders and civil society members including Abdul Samad Inqalabi, Advocate GN Shaheen, Bashir Ahmed Qureshi, Mujahid Shabir Ahmed Falahi and others addressed the mourners.
In his recorded message, Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Geelani while paying tributes to “martyrs of Kashmir” asked family members of Burhan to “maintain calm and bear patience”. “22 year old commander Burhan has achieved martyrdom at such a tender age which shows his commitment and honesty with the cause,” Geelani said in his message.
Sources added that the posters purportedly issued by militant outfit Hizbul Mujhadeen were read out at different mosques of the Tral town asking people to continue to protest against ‘Indian occupation’.
Meanwhile, eyewitnesses told CNS that large number of protesters attacked the house of PDP incumbent legislator Mushtaq Ahmed Shah and smashed the windowpanes of his house. Reports said that there was nobody present in the house when the protestors attacked the house.