Thousands attend prayers at Tral Eigdah; PDP legislator’s home attacked
Tral: Hizbul Mujahideen has asked people to continue the “ongoing movement”.
“We are fighting against Indian forces and we will continue with our mission. The people are requested to continue the ongoing movement that started after the martyrdom of Burhan Wani,” said a message of the militant group that was read out in Burhan’s hometown Tral on Friday.
Thousands of people gathered at the Eidgah in Tral town to offer Friday prayers in the vicinity of the commander’s grave.
The militants’ message was also read out at Khanqah-e-Faiz Panah, where the second biggest gathering of people was held.
A local reporter told Kashmir Reader that around 20,000 people gathered at the Eidgah, which created history last week when tens of thousands of people offered funeral prayers for Burhan Wani.
Many believe that this was the largest funeral prayer ever held in Kashmir’s history.
Veteran pro-freedom leader Syed Ali Geelani’s recorded message, which paid homage to Wani and saluted his family, was also read out to the public.
Several pro-freedom leaders including prominent jurist Ghulam Nabi Shaheen, Samad Inquilabi and Mujahid Shabir Falahi addressed the gathering.
Sources said that most of the people had walked to the Eidgah through orchards and paddy fields to avoid interception by the government forces. However, the government forces confined themselves to the camps and police station.
The road leading to police station had been barricaded by tin sheets to avoid run-over by the protesters.
However, people from other towns of the Valley could not travel to Tral Eidgah due to strict curfew.
In his message Syed Ali Geelani asked the family members of Burhan to “maintain calm and be patient”.
He said Burhan has achieved martyrdom at such a tender age which shows his commitment and honesty to the Kashmir cause.
Meanwhile, sources said that a group of protesters attacked the residential house of PDP legislator Mushtaq Ahmad Shah at Tral-e-Bala. The legislator was not present there at the time of attack.