Baramulla: A militant suspected to be a Pakistani national who was killed during an encounter with government forces at Samboora village of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district was laid to rest at a Gantmulla village in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district. The Martyr’s graveyard has come up exclusively for the foreign-origin militants, whose bodies are not given to people in the areas where they are killed. The police dispatch the bodies to Baramulla for silent burial with the help of local Auqaf committee.
The practice is strictly in vogue since tens of thousands of people took part in the funeral prayers of Abu Qasim, a Pakistani Lashkar-e-Tayyeba militant who was killed in an encounter in Kulgam in 2015.
Sources said body of Umar Bhai, killed in Samboora encounter was buried in the Gantmulla graveyard situated along Srinagar-Muzaffarabad highway close to Jhelum river bank, during the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday. He was buried in a grave adjacent to that of slain militant leader Abu Dujana who died in a separate encounter last week. Around a dozen people including some policemen offered his funeral prayers.
The locals had prepared two graves last week when reports of killing of two foreign militants erupted from south Kashmir. They were later found to be local militants. Abu Dujana and Umar Bhai were later interned in the awaiting graves.